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Alistair Lynch and Daniel Lourens star as KPMG stun CV Chargers

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Alistair Lynch made 70 not out

Piers Carr continued his rich vein of form by smashing his second century of the season, but he went empty-handed as KPMG pulled off a stunning nine-wicket victory over CV Chargers in a high-scoring group two match in the Evening Cricket League.

Daniel Lourens hit 62 not out

It proved to be a week of mixed fortunes for KPMG, however, as they earlier went down by 27 runs to Renegades, who moved above The Associates on net run-rate at the top of group one in the process.

Kevin Hurdle produced a fine all-round performance, adding a three-wicket haul to his 47, as PHC thrashed Fine Leg Byes, while Justin Corday continued his swashbuckling performances with six sixes in a 19-ball 48 not out to help guide unbeaten Tuff Dogs, the group two leaders, to a tenth success with a seven-wicket win over High Flyaz.

Earlier, the roles were reversed when High Flyaz defeated PHC by seven wickets and resurgent Bailey's Bay picked up a third victory by edging West XI by six runs.

Carr followed up two unbeaten half-centuries the previous week with an explosive 105 not out from 46 balls, including 11 sixes and three fours, to drive Chargers to a challenging 166 for two. But after Dan Roy weighed in with 28 from 16 balls, Alistair Lynch and Daniel Lourens shocked the high fliers with an unbroken second-wicket stand of 131 to power their side to victory with three balls to spare.

Lynch’s 70 off 39 balls included four sixes and five fours, while Lourens’s 62 from 38 contained seven fours and a six.

Michael Campbell, the KPMG captain, said he had given his batters a short pep talk as they faced a daunting task, saying: “Let’s see how we get on, lads.”

It proved to be the perfect motivation as KPMG earned their third win of the season with what Campbell believes is the highest successful run chase at Shelly Bay in the past five years.

Campbell added: “It was good to get some revenge after an earlier loss in the season against them."

Somers Carr, the Chargers’ spokesman, said: “We thought we’d posted a good-enough score to win this one, but hats off to KPMG, they batted superbly to chase down our total.”

Ryan Miller, the captain, made a quickfire 49, Matthew Spencer a run-a-ball 46 and Riaan Engelbrecht 45, as Renegades rattled up 152 for three before restricting KPMG, who suffered four run-outs, to 125 for eight.

Spencer, whose innings contained three fours and a six, added 76 for the first wicket with Engelbrecht, who faced 34 balls and struck three fours and two sixes. Miller at No 3 then accelerated the run-rate, cracking four sixes and three fours in his 19-ball knock.

“We started quite slowly due to some quality bowling by KPMG’s openers. KPMG started well with the bat in reply with Angus Betts [two for 35] managing to pick up some crucial wickets to slow their run-rate,” Miller said.

Campbell, his opposite number, said: “Our top scorer was Daniel Lourens with 20 up front. Our innings slowed in the middle, but there was a late flourish for the ninth-wicket partnership with Toby Derham scoring 14 off eight and Muhammad Fakee 16 off ten.”

Dwight Basden made 62 not out and Niel Thakur 37 not out in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 57 after Gerald Simons stroked 30 from 28 balls, but High Flyaz’s 131 for one failed to trouble Tuff Dogs, who romped home with 22 balls and seven wickets in hand.

Basden’s 45-ball knock included eight fours and a six, while Thakur hammered four sixes and two fours in his 11 balls at the crease.

McLaren Lowe then got Tuff Dogs off to a flying start, carting Herbie Bascome’s first over for 21 en route to a 19-ball 48 that contained four sixes and four fours.

Corday joined Monroe Darrell (20 not out) at 64 for three in the sixth over and proceeded to make light of the target, despite Noel Woods’s three for 36.

Simons admitted the second game had taken its toll.

“High Flyaz paid the price for some wayward bowling having played two games in three days,” he said.

“Tuff Dogs took advantage and executed better on the day. Justin [Corday] took a real liking to the bowling and they deserved to win.”

In the earlier game, High Flyaz dismissed PHC for 91 — in which Antwan Russell struck a brisk 23 and Charles Symonds 20, including three sixes, as Woods and Shawn Riley picked up two wickets apiece — and then knocked off the runs with five balls to spare, Simons making 29 and Riley 28.

Hurdle’s three for ten, coupled with two wickets apiece for Symonds and Russell, helped PHC dismiss Fine Leg Byes for 87 in pursuit of their opponents’ 152 for four in which Hurdle’s 47 was augmented by useful knocks from Russell (37) and Patrick Calow (28 not out).

“Antwan Russell was outstanding in the field, taking two brilliant catches and orchestrating the first of our three run-outs. One was an amazing turn and throw from our wicketkeeper Keishon Wilson,” Arthur Richards, the PHC spokesman, said.

Kujuan Simons (29), Burton Outerbridge (25) and Alzado Minks-Cole (22) chipped in with useful runs as Bailey’s Bay made 119 for nine before holding West XI to 113 for nine in a tense finish.


Group one

Shelly Bay (Bailey's Bay won toss): Bailey’s Bay 119-9 (16 overs); West XI 113-9 (16 overs). Bailey's Bay beat West XI by six runs.

Shelly Bay (PHC won toss): PHC 152-4 (16 overs; Kevin Hurdle 47, Antwan Russell 37); Fine Leg Byes 87 (14.3 overs; Kevin Hurdle 3 for 10). PHC beat Fine Leg Byes by 65 runs.

Group two

Shelly Bay (KPMG won toss): CV Chargers 166-2 (16 overs; Piers Carr 105 not out); KPMG 169-1 (15.3 overs; Alistair Lynch 70 not out, Daniel Lourens 62 not out). KPMG beat CV Chargers by nine wickets.

Shelly Bay (High Flyaz won toss): High Flyaz 131-1 (16 overs; Dwight Basden 62 not out, Niel Thakur 37 not out, Gerald Simons 30); Tuff Dogs 134-3 (12.2 overs; Justin Corday 48 not out, McLaren Lowe 48; Noel Woods 3 for 36). Tuff Dogs beat High Flyaz by seven wickets.

Groups one/two

Shelly Bay (Renegades won toss): Renegades 152-3 (16 overs; Ryan Miller 49, Matthew Spencer 46, Riaan Engelbrecht 45); KPMG 125-8 (16 overs). Renegades beat KPMG by 27 runs.

Sea Breeze Oval (PHC won toss): PHC 91 (15.3 overs); High Flyaz 92-3 (15.1 overs). High Flyaz beat PHC by seven wickets.

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Published July 27, 2022 at 7:42 am (Updated July 27, 2022 at 7:42 am)

Alistair Lynch and Daniel Lourens star as KPMG stun CV Chargers

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