Appetising KFC Inland T20 final at Oval

2009-03-31 00:00

THE keenly awaited final of the popular KFC Inland Twenty20 Series takes place at the Maritzburg Oval at 7 pm today, and here’s hoping club cricketers and supporters will come down to Alexandra Park in their numbers to enjoy what should be a great evening’s entertainment.

The final was postponed from last Friday as the KZN Inland side were in Paarl to face Boland in the Provincial Challenge 45-over semi-final — a good decision, as the likes of Ross McMillan, Glen Addicott and Ollie Humphries are back in the Varsity line-up tonight, while Standard welcome home young skipper Kyle Nipper and arguably the province’s best cricketer, Morne van Vuuren.

Varsity and Standard have been chasing each other’s tails all season in the KZN Inland Premier 60 and MCA Premier 50 competitions, and Nipper’s side emerged triumphant in both, so the campus-based club’s captain Tafadzwa Chiota and his team will no doubt have revenge on their minds.

There is no lack of incentive for Standard either, as a unique treble of Premier 60, MCA Premier 50 and KFC Inland Twenty20 titles are theirs for the taking.

In head-to-head clashes in the longer versions of the club game this season, Standard have beaten Varsity twice and lost once, while both finished top of their respective pools in the Twenty20 Series.

For coaches Robbie Coutts (Standard) and Garry Hampson (Varsity) it will also be a game of cat and mouse, as together with their captains and players they devise strategies to outwit the opposition.

At 4 pm today, the sponsors have provided an enticing appetiser when Premier League clubs Zingari and Lancashire hit out in a T20 encounter. The evening promises to be one to savour and the sponsors are handing out KFC vouchers worth R50 to fans spotted eating KFC or dressed in red, or pretty much anything to do with chicken.

FIXTURES:

KFC Inland 20/20 final at PMB Oval: Standard vs Varsity (7 pm); Zingari vs Lancashire sponsors challenge match (4 pm).

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