DHS Rhythm rule Coastal’s cricket roost

2010-11-02 00:00

THERE was again no cricket for KZN Inland’s Premier League teams as the inclement weather washed out any chance of play for the second successive Sunday.

But there was a full house of fixtures for the KZN Coastal lads and a number of surprising results, although DHS Rhythm continue their triumphant march with a maximum 25 points from five matches and appear to be well on course for the title, although reigning champs Crusaders, second-placed Delta, Berea Rovers and Chatsworth Sporting will certainly not hold that viewpoint.

Rovers have a game in hand, but suffered a shock eight-wicket defeat to Chatsworth Sporting and that result will have done the former champions’ confidence no good at all.

And for Inland cricketers it will be another week of no cricket as the league takes a break this weekend to allow the players to get in some MTN40 action at the Maritzburg Oval on Sunday when the Dolphins face the Warriors.

The Durban club lads, though, have a full round of fixtures, with the plum match being that between Rovers and DHS Rhythm, which is apparently set down for Rovers although this needs to be confirmed.

In the KZN Coastal Women’s League, the Maritzburg Cricket Association XI will be keen to hold on to top spot, although they have Durban Collegians II and Berea Rovers breathing down their necks.

Despite the lack of cricket, KZN Inland have put together a useful programme for the season in their Premier League structure, one round of 40-over cricket to finish on November 21, after which the teams will play against each other in a top four and bottom four situation of strength versus strength, a welcome innovation.

The teams will then play each team in their four-team group twice on a home and away basis in a 55/50 over competition from November 28 until December 12.

There will be a four-week break over the festive season before the 55/50 matches resume on January 9 and go through to February 20.

“The KZN Inland Cricket Union believes that allowing the team batting first five extra overs will encourage teams to bat first, as in previous seasons we have had teams bowl out the opposition early and games finishing early,” said clubs co-ordinator Stanton Govender.

The second round of the 40-over competition will begin on January 23.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Coastal Premier60: African Warriors vs Chatsworth United. Match query.

Berea Rovers 94 for seven (Q. Khurshid three for 25, T. Shamsi four for 26). Chatsworth Sporting 96 for two (N. Govender 37*, B. Barnes 31). Chatsworth Sporting won by 8 wickets.

Amanzimtoti CC 41 all out (K. Abbott three for 2, K. Hodnett five for 12). Crusaders 45 for one (G. Hodnett 33*). Crusaders won by 9 wickets.

Delta 136 for six (D. Smit 47*, C. Delport three for 53). Pinetown 96 all out (D. Smit three for 32, K. Maharaj three for 11). Delta won by 40 runs.

DHS Rhythm 258 for seven (I. Khan 33, G. Roderick 74, A. Razak 33). Topham 64 all out (A. Razak four for 4). DHS Rhythm won by 194 runs.

Inland Premier40: Washed out.

Coastal Premier log (played 5 unless stated): 1 DHS Rhythm 25 points; 2 Delta 20 pts; 3 Crusaders 17 pts; 4 Rovers (4) 15 pts; 5 Chats Sporting 10 pts; 6 Topham 7 pts; 7 Pinetown 6 pts; 8 ACC 6 pts; 9 Chats Utd 2 pts; 10 African Warriors (4) 0 pts.

FIXTURES

KZN Coastal: Chatsworth United vs Crusaders (Crusaders 1); Rovers vs DHS Rhythm (Rovers); Delta vs Chatsworth Sporting (Tills Crescent); ACC vs Topham (Toti Oval); Pinetown vs African Warriors (Lahee Park).

Inland: bye.

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