Big gap between Pietermaritzburg and northern cricket clubs makes evaluation tough

2011-10-27 00:00

SEVERAL cricketers have taken to heart KwaZulu-Natal Inland head coach Anton Roux’s promise to keep a close eye on performances at club level with standout efforts in the weekend’s Premier League action.

However, it is not going to be easy for Roux and assistant coach Paul Atkins to evaluate the quality of performance in a number of the matches, as there is a significant gulf in the standard of play between the Pietermaritzburg located sides and those up north.

That reality is out of the players’ control, the one aspect that is a controllable is the number of runs and wickets they wrack up whatever the level of the opposition.

Their notable club performances should then get them a call-up to KZN Inland squad practices and from that point it’s up to each individual to impress the province’s brains trust in more illustrious competition.

Inland’s batting, bowling and fielding let them down badly in the recent innings and 247 run loss to reigning three-day and limited-over champions Western Province at the PMB Oval, and the fragility of the top-order might have found an answer in former provincial opener Mario Olivier, who compiled an unbeaten 134 against former league champions Varsity.

Olivier has scored hundreds at first-class level and he is definitely worth a closer look by Roux and Atkins.

An interesting item about this Sunday’s Inland fixtures is that not one of the matches will be played in the KZN capital as the province’s outlying areas take centre stage. The pick of the bunch appears to be that between Midlands and Lancashire at Richmond.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier League - At Wanderers: Standard 318 for 9 (Sarel Erwee 56, Robin Elliot 74, Juan Pretorius 49). Northern Natal 71 (Brent Kay 3-22, Marcel Frenzel 3-23). Standard won by 247 runs.

At Woodlands: Northern Districts 80 (Clement Mvovo 5-21). Lancashire 81 for 7. Lancashire won by 3 wickets.

At Collegians: Young Natalians 110 (Lyndon Brown 4-20, Rudi Hillerman 4 -25). Zingari 114 for 3 (Nic Hendrie 67 no). Zingari won by 7 wickets.

At Varsity Oval: Midlands 240 for 8 (Mario Olivier 134 no). Varsity 217 for 7 (Suhail Razzack 56, Narvaar Harridave 48 no). Midlands won by 23 runs.

KZN Coastal Premier League: Topham 136 (K. Nagan 47, M. Singh 37, S. Majozi three for 5). African Warriors 139 for three (K. Zondo 43, Y. Maharaj 56). Warriors won by 7 wickets.

Crusaders 254 for nine (R. Minnie 60, E. Springer 59, M. Alexander 32, S. Simpson three for 46, K. Buckthorpe three for 32). Berea Rovers 207 (S. Simpson 34, R. Vaughan 40, B. Scullard 39, N. Hewer three for 29). Crusaders won by 47 runs.

DHS Rhythm 113 (C. Bowes three for 29, Q. Khurshid three for 16). Chatsworth Sporting 116 for one (B. Barnes 57). Sporting won by 9 wickets.

Pinetown 215 for nine (B. Kruger 100, P. Grammy three for 31). Chatsworth United 184 for nine (T. Naidoo 46, F. Lazarus 60, D. Buckthorpe three for 48). Pinetown won by 31 runs.

Collegians 164 (M. Mutch 76, S. Bissoon four for 43). Delta 165 for three (H. Badat 80, F. Crowie 63*). Delta won by 7 wickets.

KZN Women’s League: African Warriors vs MCA XI. No result cards received.

Berea Rovers vs Verulam. Rovers won (Verulam scratched).

Simplex RHCSC 100 (M. Jeena 48, N. Khwela four for 13). Chatsworth United 61 (D. Ramrackan three for 6). Simplex won by 39 runs.

Hillary Malvern vs Collegians I. Hillary won (Collegians I scratched).

Collegians II 158 for eight (C. Thompson 41, J. Hornsveld 67, P. Singh four for 41). Chatsworth Sporting 48 (C. Thompson three for 8). Collegians II won by 109 runs.

FIXTURES

KZN Inland Premier League (50-over): Midlands vs Lancashire (Richmond); Northern Districts vs Zingari (Newcastle); Northern Natal vs Varsity (Ladysmith); Young Natalians vs Standard (Howick).

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