Busy weekend for KZN Inland players

2012-11-16 00:00

WHILE the KZN Inland side under coach Grant Morgan and captain Kyle Nipper enjoyed a 10-wicket win over highly regarded South Western Districts at the Maritzburg Oval last Sunday, the KZN Inland Premier 50 club cricketers had to endure yet another frustrating weekend.

This time round, the matches were called off last Friday, two days in advance, due to the incessant rain which made the preparation of club pitches and grounds an impossible task, given that the pitch preparation facilities at club grounds are understandably nowhere near that of the provincial team’s headquarters.

This matter has been exacerbated by the fact that the covers so successfully used in the past to minimise the role the rain played in washing out club matches, have been repeatedly stolen from the respective PMB grounds and simply cannot be replaced adequately, as the cost is far too much for clubs on limited budgets to handle.

On Sunday, round four of the KZN Inland Premier 50-over competition takes place with the most eye-catching match-up between the two league champion teams of recent years, Varsity and Standard at the Varsity Oval. The other interesting encounters see Zingari away to Young Natalians at Carter High School and Lancashire hosting the Midlands lads at the Michael Patricks Oval in Woodlands.

The pick of Sunday’s KZN Coastal Premier 50 matches — where the rain hasn’t played as disruptive a role as it has in PMB — is undoubtedly the local derby between arch-rivals Chatsworth United and Chatsworth Sporting at Chatsworth Oval.

Lying second on the log, at 26 points after seven matches, just one point behind log-leaders Crusaders, the lads from Sporting enjoyed a solid 53-run win over ninth-ranked Pine­town last Sunday, while United are not faring as well, positioned in fifth place on 18 points and smarting from the 71-run loss to Crusaders.

Meanwhile, KZN Inland lie third on the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition log after their two bonus-point wins from three starts, and are three and six points respectively behind Free State and log-leaders North West, both of whom have played one more match than the Inland lads. KZN Coastal are in 12th place, also having played three, two of which were rained out.

Both KZN teams prop up the three-day log, Inland lying second-last and Coastal last in the 14-team competition which is led by Boland, followed by Eastern Province and North West, all three of whom have played one game more than the lads from KZN.

Next week, Inland travel to East London and a date with Border from next Thursday to next Sunday, while Coastal host Western Province are at Chatsworth.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier 50: Washed out.

KZN Coastal Premier 50: Delta 232 for seven (Husain Badat 69, Yuvan Maharaj 75, Sfiso Mbili 3-57). African Warriors 152 for eight (Andile Phehlukwayo 46*, Javier Frost 3-25). Delta won by 80 runs.

Berea Rovers 108 (Neill Jordan 4-33, Donny Cloete 3-18). Uthungulu 112 for five (Eugene Zwart 35). Uthungulu won by 5 wickets.

Chatsworth Sporting 215 for five (Chad Bowes 61, Nash Govender 94, Senvuren Muthusamy 3-32). Pinetown 162 (Luke Schlemmer 39). Sporting won by 53 runs.

Crusaders 271 for six (Mike Alexander 102, Shaun Dixon 43, Thirushen Naidoo 3-47). Chatsworth United 200 for seven (Mohammed Suleman 56, Thirushen Naidoo 53*). Crusaders won by 71 runs.

Topham 217 for six (Singitha Gcilitshana 76, Calvin Savage 62). DHS Rhythm 218 for five (Grant Hodnett 94*, Ahmed Amla 37). DHS Rhythm won by 5 wickets.

KZN Coastal Premier 50 log (all played 7): 1 Crusaders 27 points; 2 Chatsworth Sporting 26 pts; 3 DHS Rhythm 23 pts; 4 Uthungulu 21 pts; 5 Chatsworth United 18 pts; 6 Topham 12 pts; 7 Delta 11 pts; 8 Berea Rovers 9 pts; 9 Pinetown 9 pts; 10 African Warriors 7 pts.

FIXTURES

Sunday - Inland Premier 50: Varsity vs Standard (Varsity); Lancashire vs Midlands (Woodlands); Young Natalians vs Zingari (Carter High).

Coastal Premier 50: Topham vs Berea Rovers (Tills); Uthungulu vs DHS Rhythm (Addison Park); Pinetown vs Delta (Lahee Park); African Warriors vs Crusaders (Crusaders); Chatsworth Sporting vs Chatsworth United (Chatsworth Oval).

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