Big test for minnow cricket club sides this weekend

2008-10-02 00:00

WITH the KZN Inland side away this weekend, some teams’ depth will be tested in the second round of the KZN Inland Premier League.

This is certainly a weekend of the minnows challenging the big guns, so to speak. But there could still be some surprises along the way. All games start at 9 am.

Varsity have four players away — Garry Hampson, Ross McMillan, Ollie Humphries and Tafazwa Chiota. But with Caiden Lang and possibly Glen Addicott in harness, they should still be too strong for an improving K&L from Ladysmith at the Varsity Oval on Sunday.

K&L have some decent youngsters in their team, and it will be a test for them to see what they can do against last season’s champions.

The Young Natalians line-up meets Midlands at Woodlands. Young Natalians were disappointing against Lancashire last weekend and will have to make a huge improvement if they are to hold a strong Midlands team and prove that they are capable of playing at this level. Midlands should be unchanged from the team that thrashed Orientals last weekend.

Orientals have lost Inland players Sashen Dorasamy and Kevershan Padayachee for their game against Standard at the PMB Oval. Their cupboard is bare and the remaining players will have to step up to the plate to ensure that they do not suffer another huge defeat.

Standard, despite losing the Van Vuuren brothers Andre and Morne and Clint Bowyer to Inland, will still be able to field a strong team. Kyle Nipper has taken over the captaincy this season and will have a point to prove to the Inland selectors. With Brent Bragge returning, their batting line-up still looks formidable.

Zingari have lost only Tim Drummond and new recruit Richard Mhlanzi to Inland and have Lyndon Brown serving a suspension, but should be too strong for newcomers Northern Districts from Newcastle at Collegians. This is Zingari’s first game, having had a bye on the opening weekend.

The MCA clash of the weekend will be the First Division match between Standard II and newly promoted Cosmos at the new Wanderers Oval on Sunday.

A new addition to the cricket facilities in this city, Wanderers will host a match for the first time. New cricket pitches are always unpredictable, but let’s hope that this new addition grows from strength to strength.

In other MCA First Division action that looks particularly interesting, Varsity II take on Masibemunye at Varsity’s number two oval.

FIXTURES

Varsity vs K&L (Varsity Oval); Young Natalians vs Midlands (Woodlands); Orientals vs Standard (PMB Oval); Zingari vs Northern Districts (Collegians); Lancashire (bye).

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