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Five wicket victory earns Quins 5 log points

Quins' effort was superlative and efficient from the onset, despite tepid mid-summer like conditions, in the three hours of play.

HARLEQUINS Cricket Club was engaged in three league matches on Sunday, 2 February.

The first team fielded strongly from the onset against log leaders Dawn Heights from Stanger. All members of this team were confident fielding first on a good wicket and fast outfield.

Opening bowler, Kevin Kettle, delivered with much pace for some of the league’s top batsmen, removing Dawn Height’s opening batter in the first over with a fast-rising bouncer which was top-edged to leg slip fielder, Sylvester Sauli, who took a great diving catch to his right-hand side.

Kettle removed the other opening batsmen in the third over by clean bowling him. The delivery thereafter was a fast full-lengthed ball bowled by Raj Verna leaving Dawn Heights in tatters at 13 runs for the loss of three wickets in the third over of the match.

Quins’ other opener, Sauli, delivered with good pace but was too short and too wide of the stumps in his first two overs conceding 15 runs off his first two overs.

Harlequins’ middle-order batsman, Momedtalha Motalha, successfully executes a straight drive off the front foot, off the bowling of Comfort Shange during in a 50 over a side promotion league match at Harlequins. Faiyas Safri is the non-striking batsman and Lance Gebani is the wicketkeeper. PHOTO: Ernest Kettle.

Sauli then found good rhythm and control in his remaining effort returning statistics of 7 overs 27 runs capturing a solitary wicket during his endeavour. Dawn Heights consolidated between the 5th and 23rd over when they were 107 for 5 wickets. Medium paced off cut bowler, Mohamed Patel, was splendid in the latter juncture of Dawn Height’s innings and captured 2 wickets for 15 runs in six overs. Kettle captured 4 wickets for 31 runs in 10 overs.

Dawn Heights capitulated in the 40th over at 147 runs. Quins’ effort was superlative and efficient from the onset, despite tepid mid-summer like conditions, in the three hours of play.

Sheldon Spindler was trapped leg before wicket for 31 runs off Comfort Shange. Brandon de Million was bowled for 34 runs, Jaques Strydom was adjudicated to be leg before wicket when being struck on the pad having double stepped down the wicket, for 40 runs, in immaculate innings.

Momedtlaha Motalha was undefeated with the score on 18 runs when Quins surpassed Dawn Heights’ tally with 5 wickets being lost when 39 overs and one delivery had been bowled, earning a victory by 5 wickets, gaining 4 log points for the win and one log point within 40 overs.

The fifth team versed Newlands in a 30 over a side division 5 match at Harlequins 2. Quins 5 accrued 170 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 30 overs. Brendon Muller top scored with 76 runs, Mathew Havenga got 22 runs and Brennan Roger managed 18 runs.

Quins bowling attack failed to dismiss Newlands during Newlands’ innings, in a match which the home team lost by just 2 wickets. Jonty van Eck took two wickets for 3 runs in 2 overs and Brennan took three wickets for 32 runs in 5 overs.

The U13 team lost their 30 over youth league match against Simplex, at Harlequins 2, the results of which were not available at the time of publication.

Six of Harlequins’ seven teams will be engaged in league match activity during the upcoming weekend. Practice and training sessions will continue as usual. Contact 073-795-0363 for further club information.


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