LOG-LEADERS SA Home Loans Union endured some nervous moments before eventually beating Gelvandale by 33 runs in their NMB Premier League match at Union Cricket Club at the weekend.
Union were expected to be too strong for Gelvandale but the northern areas side tore the script in half and came out hard with the ball in hand after inserting the home side on Saturday. Seamer Remano October got among the Union batsmen early and claimed the first three wickets to fall.
Reeze Telling then took over and sliced through the Union middle order to collect four wickets of his own while Cheslyn Plaatjies picked up three late scalps. Kelvin Hooke made a dogged, unbeaten 31 and Riaan Venter 23 as Union were dismissed for a paltry 113.
The grassy surface had proved tricky in the morning and it remained so throughout the Gelvandale innings.
However, the visitors managed to get to lunch at 21 for the loss only one wicket. But the tide turned after the break. The experienced Ryan Harris took three wickets and Gelvandale were quickly reduced to 35 for five.
A 30-run partnership for the sixth-wicket between Rossi Masimela and Plaatjies (26) gave Gelvandale hope of engineering an upset. But when offspinner Arno Jacobs broke that partnership if was left to Raymond Hamilton to pick up the last four wickets and help claim the bonus point win.
SAHL Union 113 in 39.3 overs (K Hooke 31no, R Venter 23; R October 3/27, R Telling 4/19, C Plaatjies 3/22) Gelvandale 80 in 39.3 overs (C Plaatjies 26; RP Hamilton 4/11, R Harris 3/14). Union won 33 runs