KZN Inland, Coastals show off best players

2011-12-31 00:00

IF KZN had only one team at the national age-group cricket weeks, they would arguably always be amongst the strongest.

Being split into two unions does weaken the provincial teams. Despite this, KZN Inland and Coastals are still very competitive. At the U19 level Coastals were one of the strongest this year.

To compare the levels of performance, the top batting (by number of runs) and top bowling (by number of wickets) have been taken at each of the weeks.

The Inland and Coastal players in the top 30 of each category are named with their position in that category. The top-ranked player in each group is also shown as a means of comparison.

No KZN team went through unbeaten, with the best results from KZN Coastal boys U19 and U15, who each lost one of their six games played.

The U19s lost against Western Province in a 50-over game.

They won the other five against Free State and Gauteng, KZN Inland and Easterns (T20) and lost against Northerns (50 overs).

They were rewarded with three players — Prenelen Subrayen as captain (Glenwood), Khalipa Cele (Northwood) and Craig Kirsten (Kearney) — in the SA Schools team and two, Senuran Muthusamy (Clifton) and Jared van Heerden, (DHS) in the SA Colts.

The U15 KZN Coastal team lost against KZN Inland in a 50-over game, but beat Eastern and Western Provinces in time games, Limpopo and Gauteng in T20 games and Northerns in the first of the 50-over matches.

Undoubtedly the U15s performed the best, as Inland lost a T20 game against Northerns, drew another game against Gauteng and won four matches, against Boland, Namibia (T20), North West and Coastals (50 overs).

In addition, Tristan Tedder (Kearsney) was second in the number of runs scored, with five other batsmen amongst the top 30. Ainsley Ndlovu (DHS) was third in the bowling with two others in the top 10 and two others among the top 30. Luke Schlemmer (Westville) was also second in the U17 batting group.

The U19 bowlers were the most successful, with four in the top 10 — Daryn Dupavillon (Maritzburg College), Craig Kirsten (Kearsney), Kyle Simmonds (Westville) and Keegan Davids (St Charles) at positions two, three, five and seven respectively.

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