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Premier XI wins league

Ceronio smashed the premier league limited overs record by a country mile as he went on to make an unbelievable 166 in just 79 balls

KEMPTON Park Cricket Club’s premier XI claimed their seventh league title in the past eight years, ensuring they will represent Easterns at the annual club championships in April.

They achieved this feat with an amazing 201-run victory against Minnows Tembisa.

Tembisa won the toss and invited Kempton to bat first. They got off to a flying start with openers Wynand Hefer (27) and Johan Fourie (37) but then a mini-collapse soon saw Kempton in trouble as they lost five wickets in no time.

But enter big hitting Clayton Ceronio who has consistently bludgeoned attacks throughout the whole season. Once again, in counter attacking style, he smashed the premier league limited overs record by a country mile as he went on to make an unbelievable 166 in just 79 balls.

This swashbuckling knock included 14 sixes and nine boundaries and his knock rocketed Kempton to a massive 330 all out in 46 overs.

This proved to be a couple of hurdles too far for the Tembisa batting line up as they were dismissed for a poultry 129 in 37 overs. The pick of the bowlers were off spinner Nico de Klerk, who returned figures of 4/11 in 10 overs, and skipper and leading wicket taker, Johan Fourie (3/28).

Kempton will travel to Benoni on Sunday to take on defending champions Benoni Northerns in what is effectively a dead rubber.

The promotion team ensured that they set up a league deciding encounter on Sunday against Benoni Northerns with an emphatic 138-run win over United CC at St Dunstans on Sunday.

United won the toss and sent Kempton in to bat on a cool ,overcast morning. The decision seemed to have been the correct one as Kempton were soon in trouble at 13/2 after seven overs.

But then a very measured and composed partnership of 87 between the ever consistent Lee Coetzee (41) and Brett Luck (70) saw Kempton fight back and gain the ascendancy. This partnership proved to be decisive as it paved the way for skipper Nic Moragemos (49) to help Kempton post 230/8 in their 50 overs. The Kempton bowlers came out firing with an usually aggressive Gavin Ralph, assuring that United would not rest on their laurels. United were never really in the chase as they were skittled for a mere 91 in 28 overs.

Joseph Wilken moved to the top of the wicket takes with another consistent haul of 3/19 in nine overs. Kempton will face Benoni in a league decider on Sunday at Barnard Stadium.

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