Coastals end season with a whimper

2011-04-05 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Coastals cricket side didn’t have a memorable end to the Provincial Challenge season when they were thumped by six wickets with a massive 22 overs to spare in the 40-over match at SuperSport Park, Centurion, on Sunday.

Coastals won the toss and elected to bat, but were shot out for just 82 in 19.5 overs. Gareth Roderick top-scored with 23 followed by Bruce Kruger with 20.

Northerns quick bowlers CJ de Villiers (three for 12) and Mario Olivier (six for 34) destroyed any semblance of a chance Coastal had of building a match-winning target.

Coastals spinner Keshav Maharaj took two for 24, but Northerns made short work of hauling in the mediocre target.

The three-day match that finished on Saturday ended in a draw, with Coastal just one wicket away from what would have been a very good victory. The big-hitting Cameron Delport scored a remarkable 163 off just 129 balls that included 23 fours and five sixes.

Meanwhile, at the conclusion of the competitions this weekend, Western Province completed a memorable season by doing the three-day and 40-over double.

KZN Coastals ended in fifth place in the three-day series and in fourth spot in the 40-over series, while KZN Inland finished in third-last position in the three-day series and second-last in the 40-over series in this 14-team competition.

SCORES IN BRIEF

40-over: KZN Coastals 82 in 19.5 overs (B Barnes 2, C Delport 8, K Maharaj 0, B Kruger 20, C Chetty 8, K Zondo 0, G Roderick 23, N Govender 3, A Razak 1, K Eccles 0*, B Young 0; CJ de Villiers 3-12, M Olivier 6-34). Northerns 84/4 in 18 overs (D Bunn 23: K Maharaj 2-24). Northerns won by 6 wkts with 22 overs to spare. Points: Northerns 5 KZN Coastal 0.

Three-day: KZN Coastals 1st inn 259 (C Delport 163; M Olivier 6-68). Northerns 1st inn 199 (J Jumat 54; K Eccles 4-31). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 259 (G Roderick 38, B Barnes 51, C Chetty 54*; M Olivier 3-47). Northerns 2nd inn 234/9 (J Jumat 70*, CJ de Villiers 40; A Razak 4-58). Match drawn. Points: KZN Coastals 8.18 Northerns 6.98.

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