After titanic struggle, Standard are KZN Inland champions

2011-03-25 00:00

AFTER a titanic struggle with Zingari that went right down to the weekend’s last round in the Premier 40 competition, Standard Cricket Club are the new KZN Inland champions.

Zingari trailed Standard by a single point going into Sunday’s matches, but last season’s champions, Varsity, managed to beat the Collegians Club-based side on superior run rate to leave Standard’s title triumph in no doubt.

In actual fact, though, Standard’s emphatic nine-wicket win over Ladysmith-based K&L just across the road from Collegians at the Wanderers Club, made the title outcome a certainty in the end.

Nevertheless, Zingari must be commended on a great finish to the season and contributing to the exciting final rounds of the competition between the two oldest cricket clubs in the KZN capital and indeed, probably KwaZulu-Natal as well.

Standard will now meet fellow Associate province South Western Districts’ champions to decide which club among the Associates will qualify for the National Club Champs that takes place from September 19 to 24 in Pretoria.

It has been a most disappointing season for Varsity, but a club with the comparatively impressive resources they have at their disposal compared to that of most Inland clubs, will almost surely come back with a vengeance next season.

In Durban, there was an even closer finish to the KZN Coastal Premier 50 competition, defending champions Crusaders’ late surge after they appeared to stutter at times this season, ensuring a one-point victory over long-time log leaders DHS Rhythm after 18 rounds of cricket.

Saders finally regained their lead on the log table in the last rounds and DHS Rhythm were unable to knock them off their perch, a damaging defeat a couple of weekends ago putting paid to Rhythm’s hopes of qualifying for National Club Champs.

KZN FINAL LOGS

KZN Inland Premier 40 League (played 14) : 1 Standard 51 pts; 2 Zingari 45 pts; 3 Midlands 38 pts; 4 Lancashire 37 pts; 5 Varsity 27 pts; 6 Young Natalians 19.6 pts; 7 Cosmos 14.3 pts; 8 K&L 13 pts.

KZN Coastal Premier 50 League log (played 18): 1 Crusaders 70 pts; 2 DHS Rhythm 69 pts; 3 Pinetown 52 pts; 4 Berea Rovers 48 pts; 5 Chatsworth Sporting 47 pts; 6 Delta 47 pts; 7 Topham 38 pts; 8 Chatsworth United 29 pts; 9 Toti 17 pts; 10 African Warriors 2 pts.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier 40

At Woodlands: Young Natalians 160 for 9 (Mbasa Gqadushe 40, Faheem Suleman 38, Rowade Raja 34; Tahir Essack 3-18). Lancashire 124 for 6 (Brett Smith 38, Kevershan Padayachee 35; Darryn Mortimer 3-19). Lancs won on superior run rate.

At Wanderers: K&L 150 (Shaun Fourie 53, Sheldon Mungaroo 40; Chad Barron 5-16). Standard 153 for 1 (Devon Conway 65, Brendon Jones 54). Std won by 9 wkts.

At Collegians: Varsity 198 (Tafadzwa Chihota 97). Zingari 153 for 6 (Jarryd Phillips 44). Varsity won on superior run rate.

At Khan Road: Cosmos 111 (Clint Lock 5-33). Midlands 112 for 2 (Mario Olivier 48*, James Bryant 42). Midlands won by 8 wkts.

KZN Coastal Premier 50

DHS Rhythm 224 for eight (G. Roderick 42, I. Khan 37, A. Kadwa 55*, S. Lunga three for 57). African Warriors 108 all out (K. Moolman three for 20). DHS Rhythm won by 116 runs.

Berea Rovers 89 all out (T. Pillay five for 20). Chatsworth United 90/0 (F. Crowie 58*). Chatsworth United won by 10 wkts.

Pinetown 202 for nine (S. Muthusamy 92, J. Munsamy six for 59). Chatsworth Sporting 146 (J. Chetty 48*, T. Henderson three for 7). Pinetown won by 56 runs.

Crusaders 228 for seven (G. Hodnett 97, M. Alexander 74, Z. Bux five for 26). Topham 139 (C. Bisht 41, K. Nagan 32, J. Kent five for 20). Saders won by 89 runs.

Delta 201 (S. Bissoon 42, D. Smit 61, W. Jordan four for 19). Toti 65 (K. Kishun seven for 32). Delta won by 136 runs.

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