Union eye bonus-point win to stay ahead of pack

DESPATCH will look to get one over log-leaders SA Home Loans Union when the teams meet in a NMB Premier League cricket match at St George’s Park tomorrow.
Despatch are fifth on the log and are a dangerous side, capable of pulling off an upset. They have a number of game-breakers in their team, like Nigel Brouwers, who provides for his side with both bat and ball.
Former Northville captain Angelo Coetzee joined their ranks recently and has made an immediate difference.
Union, on the other hand, will chase a bonus-point victory to keep their noses ahead of defending champions Mecer NMMU1, who do not play again until next week. Former Warriors batsman Arno Jacobs has proved valuable for the pace-setters. Against Buco Uitenhage last week he scored an unbeaten 49 and took four wickets as Union won comfortably with almost 20 overs to spare.
Maritime Motors Old Grey have a double header this weekend.
They travel to face Uitenhage tomorrow and visit the campus on Sunday for a match against NMMU2. They will look to get maximum points as they attempt to put pressure on NMMU1 and Union.
In the promotion league, matters are tight, with four sides battling it out for the two top spots.
Finishing in the top two positions earns those teams a shot at promotion-relegation matches to get themselves into the premier league.
Gamrose hold pole position with 51 points. Schauderville are second on 45 and Bloemendal third on 44.
All three sides have played 11 of their 15 matches. Union Uitenhage occupy fourth spot on 43 points but they have a game in hand on the top three.
This weekend’s premier league fixtures are (home teams first, 10am start):
Tomorrow: Buco Uitenhage v Maritime Motors Old Grey, SA Home Loans Union v Despatch, ADT Pirates v Heatherbank, Welcome v Tavcor Greenbushes, Motherwell v United Brothers, Northville v Mecer NMMU2
Sunday: Mecer NMMU2 v Maritime Motors Old Grey
THE latest log, according to the logkeeper, is (11 matches, unless stated):
1 SA Home Loans Union 62, 2 Maritime Motors Old Grey 45 (10), 3 Mecer NMMU1 41 (8), 4 PECC 39 (12), 5 Despatch 38 (10), 6 Buco Uitenhage 29, 7 United Brothers 29, 8 Gelvandale 26, 9 Heatherbank 25 (8), 10 Mecer NMMU2 25 (6), 11 Northville 19 (10), 12 Tavcor Greenbushes 15 (8), 13 Welcome 14 (9), 14 Motherwell 13 (10), 15 Rhodes 10 (5), 16 ADT Pirates 9 (9)

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