King side win easily
PIONEERS United maintained top spot in the Border Cricket Promotional League when they beat the visiting Mdantsane outfit Masakhane at the Breidbach Oval on Sunday.
Masakhane captain Sindile Ndevu won the toss and elected to bowl in the 50-over game.
The visitors started well and managed to bowl Pioneers out for 130 in 36.1 overs at a run rate of 3.59. But Masakhane failed to reach the target after a disastrous batting performance, which saw them succumb to a meagre 59 all out in only 19.5 overs, that meant the King side won the game by 71 runs.
Pioneers openers Daryl Fourie and Daylon Appel went on the attack up front, putting on a solid 70 runs for the first wicket before Fourie was caught by Sivenathi Dynanisi for a well-played 36 off 53 balls.
Tasleem Safter joined Appel on 70/1 after 18.3 overs and the pair added 18 to the total, before Safter was caught by Mubarak Patel for a duck in the 22nd over.
Lynden Esterhuizen was trapped LBW by Lavela Jim without bothering the scorers.
Shandrè Butler came in and watched as Appel was bowled by Hashim Bham for 41 with their score on 90/4 in 22.4 overs.
The Pioneers innings crumbled after Butler was bowled for six followed by Blake Diedericks (1), Arif Kazi (4), after which the experienced Byron Esterhuizen and Zoyisile Booi both went for ducks. Thomas Ferreira joined youngster Jordan Hendricks at the crease but was adjudged LBW for five as the Pioneers innings came to an end on 130.
Hendricks was not out on 18 off 27 balls. Masakhane’s innings started off badly after opener Sivenathi Dywanisi was trapped LBW for a duck off the first ball bowled by Fourie. Esterhuizen sent Nikhanye Tyakam back to the hut shortly afterwards with the score on 0/2 in 1.3 overs.
Patel was brilliantly run out by Diedericks with Masakhane on 14/3 in five overs. Things went from bad to worse, as none of the Masakhane batsmen made any impact.