EP Ru­ral side gets ploughed

● Boland run riot, but all is not lost for East­ern Cape outf it

The Herald (South Africa) - - Club Sport -

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).

Sum­marised scores

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

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