BRETT Thompson scored two centuries for Maritime Old Grey and SA Home Loans’ veteran seamer Ryan Harris took seven wickets to lead their respective teams to victories in NMB Premier League cricket matches at the weekend.
On Saturday, Thompson smashed 162 in Old Grey’s total of 355 for five against Buco Uitenhage while Riki Wessels added 63 and Ettienne Potgieter an unbeaten 47.
Uitenhage could only manage 196 in reply with slow bowler Juan Harker taking three wickets to give Old Grey a 159-run victory.
Yesterday, Thompson and Sean Adair both made tons as Old Grey romped to a sevenwicket triumph over NMMU2 at the campus. Chasing 242 for victory, Old Grey raced home with more than 10 overs to spare.
On Saturday, Harris returned a remarkable careerbest of seven wicket for 11 runs in six overs as Despatch were rolled for a paltry 63 to hand Union a 156-run win.
Earlier, opener Aveshan Moodaley made an aggressive 70 while Trevor Young added 30 to help see the log-leaders to 219 for seven.
The league could well be decided this weekend when the powerful Mecer NMMU1 are back in action for a mouth-watering fixture against pace-setters Union.
NMMU1 have games in hand, but, with all things being equal, Union have a three-point lead over the defending champions.
The summarised scores were:
Buco Uitenhage v Maritime Motors Old Grey
Old Grey 355/5 (R Wessels 69, B Thompson 162, S Adair 23, E Potgieter 47no; G Williams 2/81, C Botha 3/53). Uitenhage 196 (D Botha 26, R Gelderbloem 31, M Bezuidenhout 23, L Harrop 23, N Howard 39; W Thompson 2/32, J Harker 3/37, E Potgieter 2/43). Old Grey won by 159 runs
SA Home Loans Union v Despatch
Union 219/7 (A Moodaley 70, T Young 30, R Harris 21no, C Geyer 28; D van Rooyen 3/31, S van Rensburg 2/49) Despatch 63 (M Killian 25, R Harris 7/11, B Carse 2/2). Union won by 156 runs
Motherwell v United Brothers
Motherwell 94 (J Nyamakazi 25, L Zako 20; Tshamlambo 2/18 and P Yiba 3/19). United Brothers 95/7 in 28.5 overs (S Duda 56; T Ndwandwa 3/8, N Botha 2/7). United Brothers won by three wickets
Welcome v Tavcor Greenbushes
Greenbushes 80 (X Camelio 4/16, S Smous 2/28) Welcome 83/5 (M du Plessis 20, I Goliath 24no). Welcome won by five wickets
ADT Pirates v Heatherbank
Heatherbank 231 (D Nell 54, S Terblanche 30, R Jeggels 29, K van Rooyen 25; M Calitz 3/31, J Stander 2/17, M Deyzel 2/27, M Labuschagne 2/28). Pirates 124 (B Upman 48, J Pretorius 38; E Barnard 3/32, J Ellis 3/50, S Terblanche 3/28). Heatherbank won by 107 runs
NMMU2 v Old Grey
NMMU2 241/6 (C Samboer 68, L Brown 61, U Abrahams 43, K Carol 29) Old Grey 242/3 in 39.2 overs (S Adair 110, B Thompson 103no; A Mteto 2/47). Old Grey won by seven wickets