Han­d­ley piles on runs to keep East­ern Prov­ince on right path

The Herald (South Africa) - - CLUB SPORT -

IN-FORM East­ern Prov­ince bats­man Bran­don Han­d­ley con­tin­ued to pile on the runs as he led his team to vic­tory over Bor­der Vil­lages in the Cricket SA Ru­ral cricket com­pe­ti­tion last week­end.

Fac­ing a to­tal of 155/8 in 26 overs, Han­d­ley hit a quick-fire 67 off 55 balls to set up a seven-wicket win with an over to spare.

The match was re­duced to 26 overs a side due to a wet pitch.

Sent in to bat, Bor­der made a good start be­fore EP’s slower balls put a brake on the scor­ing by tak­ing reg­u­lar wick­ets.

Lef­tarm spin­ner Cameron Braans (3/36) again came to the party and he was well sup­ported by Thando Ngcete (2/25) and Tayler Ntukela (2/27).

The best of the Bor­der bats­men were Jabo Ki­lani (30), Siya Ngcuka (27) and Lu­vuyo Gwanqa (24).

Af­ter a shaky start, Han­d­ley hit seven fours and a six to re­vive the EP in­nings, with good con­tri­bu­tions also com­ing from Aviwe Sentwa (37 off 49 balls) and Ni­cholas Zim­mer­man (21 not out off 21balls).

EP are still un­beaten in the com­pe­ti­tion, with four wins and a no re­sult from a rained-out game against Mid­lands.

SOUTH­WELL dom­i­nated their clash against Sta­tion Hill in the Bathurst first cricket league last week­end, win­ning by seven wick­ets.

Bat­ting first, Sta­tion Hill could only man­age 75 in 13 overs thanks to the su­perb ac­cu­racy of the home at­tack.

The vis­it­ing bats­men had no counter to the line and length of their op­po­nents and lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Harold Visser was the home side’s best bowler with 5/13 in six overs. Chris Ford (2/24) and Mur­ray Hobson (2/26) gave him fine sup­port.

Joy Afrika (19), Lyn­don Colt­man (14) and Andy Jones (11 not out) make the bulk of the runs for Hill.

South­well eas­ily reached their tar­get in 12.4 overs to earn a bonus point.

Kevin Ben­net (30) and Chris Roberts (25 not out) bat­ted ag­gres­sively to set up the vic­tory. Hill cap­tain Codey Jones took 2/34. Other scores were: Cuylerville 2nd 398/6 (J Beylervelt 144no, S du Plessis 88, K Han­d­ley 43); Early Birds 38 (M van Wyk 4/18, A McLaren 3/3). Cuylerville won by 360 runs. Tiger Ti­tans 72 (T Bey­ers 4/13, T Shotana 2/13); Rain­bows 73/2 (T Shotana 25, T Bey­ers 19). Rain­bows won by 8 wick­ets. ý The lat­est logs are: GCB 2nd league: Rain­bows 40 (10), Shrews 31 (7), Ken­ton 25 (6), Cuylerville 24 (6), Salem 20 (6), Sta­tion Hill 14 (4 ), Man­ley Flats 11 (7), Tiger Ti­tans 10 (7), South­well 9 (6), Sid­bury 6 (5), Port Al­fred 5 (7), Early Birds 0 (7) GCB 1st league: Salem 16 (4), Cuylerville 14 (4), Wil­lows 14 (4), Sid­bury 13 (5), South­well 11 (3), Port Al­fred 6 (4), Man­ley Flats 5 (2), Makana Sona 3 (3), Rhodes 2 (5) Bathurst 1st league: South­well 17 (4), Man­ley Flats 14 (4), Cuylerville 13 (4), Port Al­fred 5 (3), St An­drews 5 (3), Sta­tion Hill 0 (4) Cen­tral Albany 1st league: Salem 20 (4), Makana Sona 6 (3), Kingswood 4 (2), Sid­bury 4 (2 ), Wil­lows 1 (2), Ken­ton 0 (1).

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