All ready for Inland Premier League

2013-10-10 00:00

THE much-anticipated 2013/14 KZN Inland Cricket Union (KZNICU) Premier League season begins on Sunday. However, club first XIs will have to do without their allocated KZN Inland provincial players as they are on duty at the Maritzburg Oval this weekend. Inland are taking on North West in the CSA Provincial Three-Day and One-Day competitions.

Young Natalians will host reigning champions Standard Cricket Club’s first XI on their home ground at Carter High School. This is an admirable endeavor by the KZNICU to twin with schools and make use of their reliable facilities, which is often not the case with municipal grounds.

Newly promoted Masibemunye are the Imbali club offering a much-needed lifeline to talent from the township. They will entertain the country districts cricketers from Midlands Cricket Club on their new home ground at Dalry Park.

The other Premier League matches see Northern KZN hosting Zingari at Settlers Park in Ladysmith, and Lancashire meeting Varsity at their Michael Patricks Oval stronghold in Woodlands.

Meanwhile, the KZN Coastal Premier League saw its second round of matches played. There was a much-relished victory for African Warriors over Southern Natal with Daniel Sincuba (101) and Smangaliso Nhlebela (98) both getting big scores. Thabiso Ndlovu (four for 22) did the damage with the ball.

Attacking batsman Cameron Delport (70) and the in-form bowler Byron Whatmore (4-47) piloted Berea Rovers to victory over Chatsworth Sporting, while Delta beat Chatsworth United by 20 runs.

Jarryd van Heerden (98) and Reuben Hatting (101) scored heavily in reigning champs Crusaders’ defeat of DHS Rhythm, and Topham bested Uthungulu on a superior run rate.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Coastal Premier League

African Warriors 230 for four (Daniel Sincuba 101, Smangaliso Nhlebela 98). Southern Natal 216 all out (Morne Bishop 36, Junaid Khan 47, Lionel Jali 59*, Thabiso Ndlovu 5.5-0-22-4). African Warriors won by 14 runs.

Chatsworth Sporting 155 all out (Jeyato Bezuidenhoudt 46, Byron Whatmore 9.5-1-47-4). Berea Rovers 158 for four (Cameron Delport 70, Sahil Ramdin 43*). Berea Rovers won by 6 wickets.

Delta 185 for nine (Grové Venter 53, Kushen Kishun 35, Jonathan Fowler 30*). Chatsworth United 165 all out (Chester Comins 36, Jonathan Fowler 8-1-27-3). Delta won by 20 runs.

Crusaders 278 for three (Jarryd van Heerden 98, Reuben Hatting 101). DHS Rhythm 194 for nine (Tyler Trenoweth 62, East Springer 9-0-29-3). Crusaders won by 34 runs.

Uthungulu 194 all out (Jason Redinger 37, Eugene Zwart 38, Otto Rode 77*, Brandon Scullard 10-1-43-3). Topham 137 for three (Nabeel Bhayla 43*). Topham won on superior run rate.

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