Brave Midlands' chase not enough at Varsity

2008-11-24 00:00

THE pick of the weekend’s KZN Inland club matches was between reigning champions Varsity and last season’s runners-up Midlands.

Varsity totalled an impressive 285 for six in this KZN Inland Premier 60 League match on Sunday. Provincial captain Ross McMillan served up an unbeaten 140 with admirable support in the 80 from the in-form Tafadzwa Chihota. Midlands seamer Mark Haselau picked up two wickets, as did Doug Watson.

In reply, Midlands made a sound effort to reach the stiff target with Ant Foster undefeated on 93 and Watson making 47, while Nick Kelbrick weighed in with 37, but in the end the Farmers were 29 runs short of parity.

Zingari enjoyed a solid five-wicket win over Lancashire with Andrew Tweedie and Gareth Brown getting among the wickets. Gareth’s brother, the consistent Lyndon Brown, top-scored with 52 in Zingari’s successful reply while Clement Mvovo succeeded in dismissing two batsmen.

Newcastle-based Northern Districts made a brave effort in their quest to set the strong Standard batting line-up a challenging target, but a scoring rate of over five runs to the over, with Clint Bowyer and Brendon Jones leading the way, ensured that captain Kyle Nipper’s first XI got there quite easily.

Young Natalians notched up an emphatic 139-run win over K&L. The Ladysmith-based side were unable to handle the pace and skill of Qasim Khurshid, who snapped up five wickets for 19 runs.

The popular KFC Inland 20/20 Series under floodlights at the Varsity Oval last Friday unfortunately produced two lopsided results.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KFC Inland 20/20 Series: Zingari 220/2 in 20 overs (T Drummond 107, L Brown 97). Masibemunye 63 in 17.1 overs (J Kleyweg 3-8). Zingari won by 157 runs.

Young Natalians 43. Standard 44/1 in 7.1 overs. Standard won by nine wickets.

KZN Inland Premier 60 League: Varsity 285/6 in 60 overs (R McMillan 140*, T Chihota 80; M Haselau 2-66, D Watson 2-62). Midlands 256/8 in 60 overs (A Foster 93*, D Watson 47, N Kelbrick 35). Varsity won by 29 runs.

Lancashire 125 in 43 overs (A Tweedie 4-27, G Brown 3-19). Zingari 126/5 in 26 overs (L Brown 52, C Mvovo 2-37). Zingari won by 5 wickets.

Northern Districts 159 in 53.5 overs (H Marais 37, K Nipper 2-44). Standard 161/4 in 30 overs (C Bowyer 52, B Jones 37, J Delport 3-40). Standard won by 6 wickets.

Young Natalians 228/8 in 60 overs (K Shah 80, M Javed 39, M Aslam 33). K&L 89 in 37.4 overs (Q Khurshid 5-19). Natalians won by 139 runs.

Challenge League: Varsity II 179/5 in 50 overs (T Mann 43, B Newborn 3-19). East Griqualand 180/6 in 26.1 overs (S Metar 65, J Payn 48*, T Mann 5-63). EG won by 4 wickets.

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