Teams vie to become 2019 Pineapple Cricket Tournament champs

The 2019 Kenrich Pineapple Cricket Tournament got off to a great start on Saturday with four players scoring centuries, some conclusive wins and some gaining the nail-biting win at the last moment.

Saturday’s highlights included a century by Salem’s Kevin Bennett in his team’s win against Sidbury at the Country Club. At the end of the allotted 50 overs Salem managed 222/3 and Sidbury were all out for 217, Salem winning by 5 runs.

At the PAHS A field Grahamstown Invitational beat Manley Flats by a massive 8 wickets in their match that ended Manley Flats all out for 84 and Grahamstown 89/2. Grahamstown’s Thando Ngcete took 5 for 25.

Station Hill (217/3) beat Culerville (213) by 3 wickets at the Hospital Field with Alvin Marney taking 5 wickets for 24 runs helping his team to victory.

Hilpert saw Manley Flats score a straight 300 (average of 6 runs per over) with Barry Greaves reaching 102 but their opponents, Rainbows, only managing 193 on the day and Manley winning by a huge 107 runs.

Salem scored a whopping 507 in their game against Early Birds that was played at the Air School, Lorimer Pittaway scoring 103 and Ross Pittaway scoring 100. Ross also took 4 wickets for just 35 runs. Corne Labuschagne took 6 wickets for 30 runs in the same match. In reply, Early Birds could only manage a disappointing 65.

Other results included Cuylerville (141) vs Rhodes (142/8) in a close affair at the PAHS B field, Rhodes winning by 2 wickets. At Bushmans PAHS could only manage 81 when they took on Southwell whose Greg Armitage took 4 wickets for just 15 runs and won the match by 4 wickets.

For his 100 runs and taking 4 for 35, Ross Pittaway was awarded man of Saturday’s play and received his award from

FIRST UP: Ross Pittaway, left, receives his award as best player on the first day of the Pineapple Cricket tournament at the Port Alfred Country Club on Saturday evening from tournament chairman Walter Biggs Picture: ROB KNOWLES

See this week’s Talk of the Town for a half-way summary of the tournament, the worlds longest running rural cricket tournament.

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