Union’s Price performs with bat and ball

Alvin Reeves

A HALF-century by Michael Price laid the foundation for SA Home Loans Union’s 59-run victory over Maritime Motors Old Grey in their NMB Premier League fixture at Freeplay Park in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

Overnight rain saw all but two of the six fixtures scheduled for Saturday abandoned.

The match at Freeplay Park, between two of the contenders to Mecer NMMU’s throne, went ahead after a slightly late start.

Warriors batsman Price anchored the visitors’ innings with a fine 70, which included seven fours off 97 deliveries. Ryan Harris gave the innings a timely boost at the death scoring 37 not out off only 16 balls with three fours and a six to take the total to 230/5.

Brett Thompson (45) and Chad Breetzke (38) gave the home side a glimmer of hope in the chase. But when Harris trapped Thompson in front and Breetzke was forced to retire hurt with a dislocated shoulder after diving in an attempt to make his ground, the Old Grey chase fizzled out.

Price took three middle-order wickets for 20, while Harris, Rudi Delport and Craig Geyer took two each.

In the only other game of the weekend, Northville claimed their first win of the season, beating Greenbushes at Londt Park.

It has been a tough slog for Northville in the opening exchanges of the league programme, but their tenacity paid off when they chased down Greenbushes’ meagre total of 123 with three wickets to spare.

Charlton Assem scored an unbeaten 38, while Donald Bruiners added 34. Earlier, Branam Adams had restricted the home team with the ball, taking 4/27.

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