KZN Inland cricket set-up is failing us badly, says Smith

2009-10-22 00:00

KZN Inland Premier League club cricket’s problems that were so evident last season haven’t gone away.

Statistics can be boring, but sometimes they are useful indicators.

Champions Standard bundled out Young Natalians for 37 and knocked off the runs in eight overs for a 10-wicket thrashing.

Zingari raced to 207 in 35 overs before destroying K&L in 14 overs for a 164-run thrashing.

The first mismatch lasted 26 overs — that’s hardly two hours’ cricket. The second mismatch lasted 49 overs — and this Premier League competition caters for 60 overs per innings.

And you can’t argue that the pitches are to blame. Natalians batted for a paltry 18 overs before Standard had their turn. Zingari batted first and scored at six to the over in their rain-restricted 35, losing two wickets; K&L lost 10 wickets at an average one every nine balls.

To compound a disturbing weekend, an inexcusable lack of communication led to the farcical situation of Northern Districts about to leave Newcastle for Pietermaritzburg early last Sunday morning to play Varsity in the KZN capital while, at the same time, Varsity were about to leave PMB to play Northern Districts in Newcastle.

A fortuitous Varsity phone call to check whether all was in order before they began their journey north was received by the Northern Districts cricket folk who said the match had been switched to PMB.

Did, or did not, Northern Districts inform the cricket union that their ground was unavailable? In any event, no one told Varsity. What is even more mysterious is how did ND come to the conclusion that the match had been switched to PMB? Both Varsity’s grounds already had scheduled lower-league matches.

Taken together, is there a correlation between the pathetically weak state of Inland Premier League club cricket and the below-par performances of KZN Inland’s senior team and U19 side?

There is no doubt that Reggie Smith thinks there is. Varsity’s sports officer for cricket told The Witness yesterday that the corresponding KZN Premier Division rugby set-up was light years ahead in terms of its preparedness, organisation and professional outlook.

“And you can’t use the excuse that rugby has more money,” Smith said. “It is well-known that cricket’s coffers are full, yet the amateurish outlook is destroying the KZN Inland club game.”

Smith is also Varsity’s sports officer for rugby, so he has a unique insight into how both sports are run.

“As happens in KZN club rugby, there is a need for a detailed club cricket audit to ascertain the true state of some of our Premier League clubs in terms of coaching, playing personnel and so on,” said Smith. “Compared to KZN rugby, KZN Inland’s cricket set-up is failing us badly.”

RESULTS

Inland Premier60: Young Natalians 37 in 18.2 overs (K. Nipper 5-15, M. van Vuuren 3-18). Standard 39/0 in 7.5 overs. Standard won by 10 wickets.

Zingari 207/2 in 35 overs (T. Drummond 80*, L. Brown 76). K&L 43 in 14 overs (M. Williams 5-14, L. Brown 4-9). Zingari won by 164 runs.

Northern Districts vs Varsity. Match cancelled.

Midlands 219/5 in 50 overs (M. Olivier 84, A. Foster 41; C. Mvovo 3-49). Lancashire 138/2 after 36 overs (H. Marais 40, B. Govender 37*, M. Gqadushe 50*). Midlands won on superior run rate.

Coastal Premier: African Warriors 156/7 (V. Xulu 50, S. Sunkari 40*; C. Flowers 3-35). DHS Rhythm 159/3 (K. Donaldson 75). DHS won by 7 wkts.

Crusaders 166/8 (M. Alexander 67, J. Schorn 41; D. Love 4-32, D. Horsfall 3-48). Berea Rovers 167/4 (W. Madsen 66*, G. Fotheringham 41). Rovers won by 6 wkts.

Chatsworth United 155 (M. Jafta 45; M. Khan 4-35). Chatsworth Sporting 136/7 (J. Chetty 39*, V. Gobind 3-40). Draw, rain.

Delta 198/7 (A. Moosa 64, S. Simpson 40, P. Turner 3-71, A. Tweedie 3-34).

Tertiary 128/9 (R. Nel 32, C. Woods 4-37). Delta won by 70 runs.

Pinetown 95 (M. Patel 5-11, S. Rampersad 3-44). Topham 99/5. Topham won by 5 wkts.

U19: KZN Coastal 1st inn 260 (N. Bhayla 66, S. Ramdin 55*, C. Chetty 47). Griquas 1st inn 141 (K. Eccles 4-62). Coastal 2nd inn 206 (C. Bowes 42). Griquas 2nd inn 131 (K. Eccles 4-21, K. Kishen 4-43). Coastal won by 194 runs.

Coastal Women’s Premier: Umzinto vs Chatsworth and Hillary Malvern vs Chatsworth United. Both washed out.

Simplex RHCSC 149 (P. Jane 3-29). African Warriors 75 (N. Gcobashe 32). Simplex won by 74 runs.

Berea Rovers 62/9 (L. Hicks 31). Collegians 59 (N. Dayimoni 5-2). Rovers won by 3 runs.

FIXTURES

Inland Premier60 (round 4): Northern Districts vs Young Natalians (Newcastle); Standard vs Varsity (Wanderers); Zingari vs Midlands (Collegians); K&L vs Lancashire (Ladysmith).

Coastal Premier60: Warriors vs Rovers; Chats Utd vs Topham; Tertiary vs Saders; Ptn vs Delta; Chats Sporting vs DHS Rhythm.

Women’s Premier: Umzinto vs Simplex; Chatsworth vs H/M; Rovers vs Verulam; Chatsworth United vs Collegians; Warriors vs Durban.

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