Brack­en­ham re­tains first di­vi­sion sta­tus for next sea­son

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO SPORT - Richard Springo­rum

BRACK­EN­HAM re­tained their first di­vi­sion sta­tus for the 2018/2019 cricket sea­son after beat­ing Kings XI by seven wick­ets in the Satur­day 24-Over League pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion match at the uMh­lathuze Cen­tral Sports Com­plex on Satur­day.

The Richards Bay out­fit fin­ished last on the log in the first di­vi­sion after an upand-down sea­son that placed the side in the pres­sure cooker.

But big match tem­per­a­ment came to the fore just in time to keep their se­nior sta­tus in­tact.

Brack­en­ham won the toss and elected to bowl first.

They re­stricted the Kings XI to 168 all out thanks mainly to Shaun Marimuthoo (3/33 in 6) and Er­rol Chetty (2/36 in 5).

Kyle Bell smashed a solid 63 to keep the Kings in the mix, with Mo­hammed Tan­ver con­tribut­ing 20.

But a bril­liant bat­ting dis­play and big part­ner­ships steered Brack­en­ham to 172/3 in the 19th over.

Chetty put on 45, with Dhar­man­drin Pil­lay smash­ing an un­beaten 43 off 63 balls.

Ze­shan Ashraf was the pick of the Kings XI bowl­ing at­tack with fig­ures of 3/36 in 6.

The first di­vi­sion fi­nal will be con­tested on Satur­day at Ad­di­son Park be­tween Em­pan­geni Cricket Club and Richards Bay Cricket Club.

Ac­tion is sched­uled to get un­der­way from 1.15pm and will mark the of­fi­cial end of the 2017/2018 sea­son.

Brack­en­ham’s Dhar­man­drin Pil­lay re­mained un­beaten at the crease on 43 off 63 de­liv­er­ies Richard Springo­rum

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