KZN Inland Premier League cricket resumes

2010-12-10 00:00

AFTER a welcome break, the KZN Inland Premier 55/50 League resumes on Sunday with the early frontrunners, the Woodlands-based Lancashire, travelling to Wanderers Club and a key meeting with fourth-placed Standard.

The lads from Aberfeldy Road in Scottsville have been the form team this season and dominated the Premier40 competition. After just one round of the Premier 55/50, they won’t be too perturbed at their placing on the log.

Nonetheless, victory for coach Robbie Coutts’s charges will give a massive boost to their quest of regaining the KZN Inland Premier League title, which Varsity wrested away from them.

The campus-based club are away at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Week, which means their match against Young Natalians has been postponed.

Varsity are in the Bottom Four division of the KZN Inland 55/50, the eight Premier League teams having been separated based on the outcome of the 40-over phase of the season.

Apart from the Standard-Lancs encounter, the remaining Top Four 55/50 match features second-placed Zingari and third-placed Midlands at Collegians Club.

Home-ground advantage will count for little in Zingari’s favour, as the experienced Midlands side boasts lots of players who have spent many a successful season batting and bowling on the Collegians pitch.

The final fixture among the Premier League teams is a Bottom Four encounter between Cosmos and K&L at Khan Road.

Meanwhile, in KZN Coastal Premier 60 fare at the weekend, Chatsworth United shrugged off a disappointing season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over fellow strugglers Amanzimtoti.

It also gave the Chatsworth lads (on 12 points) some welcome breathing space after nine matches in the competition in that they have now moved four points clear of second-last Toti (eight points), who are nevertheless well clear of perennial basement dwellers African Warriors (two points).

A setback for second-placed Crusaders was their losing on run rate to sixth-ranked Pinetown.

RESULTS

KZN Coastal Premier 60

Toti 120 (T. Coetzee 50, V. Gobind four for 30, P. Grammy three for 29). Chatsworth United 122 for three (F. Crowie 34). Chatsworth United won by 7 wickets.

Pinetown 221 for nine (K. Zondo 97, S. Muthusamy 32). Crusaders 183 for nine (A. Dyer three for 37). Pinetown won on run rate.

Delta 239 for seven (Y. Kewelpershad 35, S. Sunkari 37*, R. Van Wyk 37*, S. Majozi four for 50). African Warriors 116 for eight (K. Vilakazi 30*, K. Maharaj four for 22). Delta won on run rate.

Berea Rovers 234 for six (K. Eccles 116, S. Gcilitshana 36*, M. Patel three for 66). Topham 190 (Y. Obaray 42, K. Nagan 67, D. Horsfall four for 61). Rovers won by 44 runs.

Chatsworth Sporting 149 for seven (B. Barnes 42, D. Miller 40). DHS Rhythm 115 for eight (G. Roderick 32, Y. Abdulla three for 33). Sporting won on run rate.

KZN Coastal log (played 9):1 DHS Rhythm 35 points; 2 Saders 32 pts; 3 Chatsworth Sporting 28 pts; 4 Delta and Rovers 24 pts; 6 Pinetown 23 pts; 7 Topham 19 pts; 8 Chatsworth United 12 pts; 9 Toti 8 pts; 10 African Warriors 2 pts.

KZN Coastal Women’s League: African Warriors vs Hillary Malvern. Washed Out. Berea Rovers vs Verulam Washed Out. Chatsworth United vs Collegians II. Washed Out. Simplex RHCSC vs Maritzburg Cricket Association XI. Washed Out.

SA Country Districts competition - Empangeni: KZN Coastal CD 215/9 in 50 overs (Charl Groenewald 45, Pranesh Naidoo 54, Garry Park 69). Limpopo 119 in 35 overs (Park 5-21, Freedom Buthelezi 3-43). KZN Coastal CD won by 96 runs.

FIXTURES

KZN Inland Premier 55/50 Top 4: Standard vs Lancs (Wanderers); Zingari vs Midlands (Collegians). Bottom 4: Cosmos vs K&L (Khan Road); Young Natalians vs Varsity (postponed).

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