KZN cricket: Van Vuuren stars as MCA soundly thump Durban

2008-09-08 00:00

THE Maritzburg side pulled off a thumping six-wicket victory with 24 overs to spare over their Durban rivals in the KZN Inter-District club cricket competition at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Maritzburg now lead Durban by 8,18 points and should wrap up the Inter-District A League title against Ilembe (Stanger region) this weekend.

Durban and District Cricket Union (DDCU) batted first on a flat Kingsmead track and only made 189 for seven in their 60 overs.

They were restricted by some very good bowling from the Maritzburg Cricket Association (MCA) attack, with KZN Dolphins’ left-arm spinner, Morné van Vuuren, being the pick in his 11 overs, taking three for 38.

Tight bowling by the MCA seamers — Sashen Dorasamy, Jomo Mbili and Tafazwa Chiota — also put the breaks on the DDCU batting effort.

For DDCU, Calvin Flowers (38), Fabian Lazarus (35), Lloyd Madsen (38) and Pierre de Bruyn (38) all got settled, but didn’t take it on to a big score.

In contrast, Andre van Vuuren hammered and tickled the DDCU attack to all corners of Kingsmead with a belligerent, undefeated 109 to take MCA to victory in 36 overs. He was ably supported by Chiota and Mbasa Gqadushe, who made 24 and 25 respectively.

Meanwhile, Maritzburg Varsity’s bid to take part in the National Club Championships Week in Pretoria at the end of this month were dashed at the Varsity Oval on Saturday when George Cricket Club of South Western Districts crushed the home side by eight wickets in the Associate Provinces playoff clash.

Full details will be available in tomorrow’s Witness.

SCORES IN BRIEF

DDCU 189 for seven (C. Flowers 38, F. Lazarus 35, L. Madsen 38, P. Du Bruyn 38*, M. van Vuuren three for 38). MCA 192 for four (A. van Vuuren 109*). MCA won by 6 wickets.

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