Cricket bonanza with new T20 event

2013-02-13 00:00

THE brand-new KFC Natal Cup kicks off at the Peter Booysen Sports Park cricket ground off Golf Road in Scottsville tomorrow.

It will be contested between KZN capital premier league club cricket sides Zingari, Midlands, Standard, Young Natalians, Varsity and Lancashire, and the Durban clubs Berea Rovers and Chatsworth Sporting.

The matches in the new T20 club cricket competition will continue on Friday with the top teams advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday.

The final of the KFC Natal Cup will take place at the PMB Oval on Saturday.

Spectators are invited to join the proceedings at the PMB Oval from 10 am on Saturday for what promises to be great fun, with about 700 aspirant young cricketers coming to the venue from across the KZN Inland region.

Meanwhile, an unusual addition to the KZN inter-regional cricket calendar is the match between the KZN Inland Cricket Union President’s XI and the KZN (Coastal) Cricket Union President’s XI, which takes place today under floodlights at Kingsmead in Durban.

The purpose of this initiative by KZNICU president Yunus Bhamjee is to give players the chance to get into gear before the national T20 competition between the country’s franchises.

Bhamjee told The Witness yesterday that KZN Inland were widely regarded as a fertile nursery for South African cricket.

The Presidents’ match, which is to be an annual event, allows those cricketers who fall under the KZNICU umbrella to give the Dolphins selectors a nudge.

On Sunday, the pick of the KZN Inland Premier 50 league matches could well be the encounter between Standard and Varsity at Wanderers Club.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier: Bye.

KZN Coastal Premier 50: African Warriors 110 for nine (Keegan Siphali 9-2-17-3, Shastri Pillay 8-2-7-3). Chatsworth United 111 for four (Myren Pillay 39*, Andile Phehlukwayo 9-1-31-3). United won by 6 wickets.

Pinetown 121 (Brandon Scullard 8-1-26-4). Berea Rovers 122 for seven (Jason Lacon-Allin 32, Ricardo Gouvera 34, Bruce Kerr 5-1-11-3, Luke Schlemmer 10-5-11-3). Rovers won by 3 wickets.

Topham 184 for five (Ryan Reeves 32, Gareth Roderick 55*). Chatsworth Sporting 186 for three (Chad Bowes 41, Nash Govender 95*, Dane Paterson 35*). Sporting won by 7 wickets.

DHS Rhythm 110 (Matthew Redinger 60, Kyle Hodnett 9-4-18-5). Crusaders 99 for two (Reuben Hatting 44*, Mike Alexander 34). Crusaders won by 8 wickets.

Delta 171 for nine (Sahil Ramdin 36, Ravi Reddy 42). Uthungulu 172 for seven (Craig Park 35, Grove Venter 51). Uthungulu won by 3 wickets.

FIXTURES

KZN Inland Premier 50: Zingari vs Young Natalians (Collegians); Standard vs Varsity (Wanderers); Midlands vs Lancashire (Richmond).

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

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