Kuils River look to bounce back

Kuils River went down by eight wickets to Ottoman away at the weekend in a Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) First Division A one-day match.

This was their first defeat of the season.

They had beaten Gugulethu by five wickets in their opening league fixture before their game against Kraaifontein was abandoned.

At the weekend, it was Ottoman bowler Asif Sonday who was a thorn in their side. He took four wickets, recorded three maidens, and conceded 19 runs in his terrific 10-over spell. Opener Muneer Holmes and Taariq Behardien scored 22 runs and 37 runs respectively. Third and fourth-placed batsman, Tohir Abrahams and Taahir Samaai were both unbeaten on 24 runs and 16 runs respectively. The win will be a major boost for Ottoman leading up to their WPCA First Division A one-day home game against Tygerberg on Saturday.

This Saturday, Kuils River will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they visit a winless Rylands.

Rylands suffered a 94 run loss to Green Point at the weekend.

Green Point won the toss and elected to bowl first, scoring a massive 258 runs off 50 overs.

Ryland’s bowling was not as expensive as it may sound, they conceded nine extras throughout their 50-over bowling spell. It was a good batting display by Green Point that stole the game.

Green Point’s opening batsman, Zac Elkin scored an unbeaten 109 runs off 160 balls, including seven boundaries.

In fourth spot, Elkin’s teammate, Wesley Baressi scored a quick century, 114 runs off 108 balls, including 13 boundaries and one six. Baressi was eventually bowled out by Riaaz Teladia.

In other action, An all-round impressive performance by Primrose Cricket Club was not enough for victory against United.

Roses won the toss and chose to bowl first. United took up the challenge and scored a massive 242/7 after 50 overs.

United showed their class from the first ball up until the last minute. Opening batsmen, Aqeel Burns (28) and Isma-eel Prince (18) set the pace for the visitors. Their partnership was cut short after Prince was dismissed on LBW by the bowling of Maahir Eksteen. Burns was caught by Zain Allie off the bowling of Suhail Fortuin.

A sixth-wicket partnership between Shaheen Khan and Adeeb Allie set the pace for most of the game’s outcome.

Khan was run out by David Schierhout on 57 runs after facing 69 balls. Allie played to an unbeatable 79 runs off 82 balls, with a score rate of 96 percent.

The Roses’ opening bowlers had a difficult task and it was up to the spinners to lead the homeside’s attack. Fourth and fifth-placed bowlers, Fortuin (2/27) and Eksteen (2/59) each claimed two wickets.

Roses’ batsmen started off slow in their turn at the crease. A fifth-wicket partnership between Raees Carr and Magmoed Petersen kept the visitors at bay.

This was followed by an equally strong seventh-wicket partnership between Petersen and Zaeem Najaar.

Carr scored 22 runs off 31 balls before he was run-out by Shaheed Abader. Petersen was caught on 40 runs by Thokozani Peter, off the bowling of Abader. Najaar scored a quick 36 runs off 43 balls before he was caught by Mujahied Beukman, off the bowling of Faghri Abrahams.

When Najaar left, the flood gates opened as Primrose innings collapsed in a short period. After facing 274 balls, they were dismissed for 188 runs. United won by 54 runs. Roses will host Northern Goodwood on Saturday.