Rovers and Sport­ing ad­vance to semis

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT - THAHIR ASMAL

BEREA Rovers and Chatsworth Sport­ing con­firmed their spots in the fi­nal four of the KZN Cricket Union’s Cas­tle Premier T20 com­pe­ti­tion last week­end.

Rovers en­sured they topped Group A af­ter they nar­rowly beat KCCD by seven runs.

Bat­ting first, they amassed a to­tal of 119 for eight and then re­stricted their op­po­nents to 112 for seven, largely thanks to Aaron Paul who took three wick­ets for 26 from four overs.

Else­where, Clares and Amanz­im­toti kept their semi-fi­nal hopes alive with vic­to­ries over Pine­town and Delta re­spec­tively.

Sport­ing, who emerged as the Premier League’s sur­prise pack­age last sea­son, beat Delta to ad­vance with a game to spare.

Zakaria Paruk (30 runs) cut a lonely fig­ure in the mid­dle for Delta as he top­scored for the Over­port side. Off-spin­ner Theesan Naicker grabbed three wick­ets for a miserly 12 runs as Delta man­aged a to­tal of just 103.

In re­sponse, Mar­ques Ack­er­man (33) and Naicker (33 not out) guided Sport­ing to a com­fort­able vic­tory.

It was a re­sult that would have im­pressed the club’s new ti­tle spon­sors, Hol­ly­wood­bets.

They pushed Cru­saders down to the wire in last sea­son’s 50-over com­pe­ti­tion and their lat­est fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion will no doubt give them a fight­ing chance

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