EP Rural side gets ploughed
● Boland run riot, but all is not lost for Eastern Cape outf it
Poor batting and mistakes in the field cost the Eastern Province Rural cricket team as they went down by 157 runs to a spirited Boland side in Worcester on Saturday.
EP have now won two and lost two games in the Cricket SA Rural competition and still have a good chance to end in the top five of their section.
This would allow them to qualify for the CSA Rural Week in Grahamstown in February.
Five teams from each of the south and north sections will participate in the national tournament.
Boland batted first after winning the toss and made good use of the pitch as they posted 263/6 in their 50 overs.
The Eastern Cape side were flat-footed in the field and dropped five catches.
The bowlers also put themselves under severe pressure as they bowled both sides of the pitch, allowing the Boland batsmen to take control.
A brilliant 140-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Wade Abrahim (107) and Tiaan Kannemeyer (68) laid the perfect foundation for their side.
Patrick Jeftha (26 not out) and Vivian Adams (27) batted aggressively towards the end of the innings.
Cole Wessels (2/51), veteran Melville Daniels (1/24), Ruwayne Brooks 1(/35) and Marquin Tom Loutz (1/56) took the wickets for EP.
The visitors made a bad start to their run-chase and were under the whip throughout their innings.
Their batsmen failed to absorb the pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals.
Debutant Edrich George was the top run-scorer with a fine unbeaten 32 and Brooks also chipped in with 23.
Kyle Oosthuizen (3/9) and Clement Lukas (2/283) were the destroyers-in-chief for Boland as EP were bundled out for 106.
“We can only blame ourselves today for the disappointing loss,” manager Melville Daniels said.
“We were just not good enough and our fielding once again let us down.
“We dropped crucial catches at crucial periods in the match.
“There is a lot of work ahead but we remain positive.
“We have to beat EP Midlands and Kei in our remaining matches to stand a good chance of qualifying for the [national] week.”
Salem second team captain Lorrimer Pittaway was in devastating form with a doublecentury as he led his team to a huge win over Kenton in the Grahamstown cricket league at the weekend.
Pittaway scored an unbeaten 206, showing sublime form to dispatch the helpless Kenton bowlers to all corners of the field.
He is the leading batsman in the second league with 483 runs.
Salem batted first and posted a mammoth 538/4 in their 50 overs, a record for the club’s second team. Patrick Buthi scored his second century of the season with a hurricane 115, taking his aggregate for the season to 466.
Paul Winsbury became the third centurion of the innings with a brilliant unbeaten 101.
Kenton had no response to the onslaught and were dismissed for 68.
Ross Pittaway did most of the damage for Salem, returning figures of 6/22, while Mike Mattison picked up 2/27.
Other centuries over the weekend came from Chris Gleaves (131, Manley Flats 2nds) and Chris Fredericks (137, Southwell 2nds).
Manleys 323/8 (Chris Gleaves 131, Barry Gleaves 50, Riaan Jacobs 2/56, Edgar Tarentaal 2/51); Station Hill 162 (Lyndon Coltman 80, Craig Fourie 2/30, Ross Mager 3/61, Shaun Kitchen 2/27). Manleys won by 171 runs Southwell 434/9 (Chris Fredericks 137, Daine Kruger 76, Richard Moss 87, Bonga Draai 3/35, Andile Baliso 3/45); Titans 213 (Draai 51, Simanga 33, Madloywana 37, J Knott 6/58, Justin Stirk 3/77). Southwell won by 231 runs Rainbows 229 (Fish 90, L Mangi 47); Cuylerville 194 (Faku 4/33, Shotana 3/28). Rainbows won by 35 runs Sidbury 213 (Francois Nel 59, Luke Birrell 26); Port Alfred 214/9 (Juandre Nel 3/56, Braun Olckers 2/19). Port Alfred won by one wicket Early Birds 112/9 (Adrian Reed 4/37); Southwell 117/3 (Daine Kruger 47no, Hayden Kruger 37). Southwell won by 7 wickets