Alexandra v Old Hararians - Vigne Cup Matches
By Clive Ruffell - 12 March 2000
Rain and waterlogged pitches prevented any play in all but one of
the Vigne Cup matches in the penultimate round of the
competition. However, conditions at Alexandra Sports Club were
deemed good enough for play in a top of the table clash between
national league champions Old Hararians, and Alexandra, currently
leading the Vigne Cup table.
Fortunately, a result was possible in this crucial Vigne Cup
match, albeit with assistance from the dreaded Duckworth-Lewis
method. Both teams were strengthened slightly from the previous
week, with the return of both respective captains, Gavin Rennie
and Trevor Penney.
Alex batted first, and as is currently the trend in local first
league cricket, struggled to post a respectable score. Four
batsmen managed double figures, but none were able to convert a
start into a meaningful innings. As a result, Alex could only
manage 147 off 46.4 overs, a low target for a side containing
Warwickshire batsman Trevor Penney. Following the trend set the
previous week, OH again gave away too many extras, with no fewer
than 15 wides sent down.
Inevitably rain intervened for a short period after lunch,
necessitating the use of the Duckworth-Lewis method to determine
a new target for OH. The target was eventually set at 105 off 25
overs, which OH achieved with 4 balls to spare.
Next week sees the final round of the Vigne Cup, with Old
Georgians hosting Alex, and HSC hosting Old Hararians. A win for
Alex will ensure them the title, but should they lose, they could
open the door for OH to pull off the double.