Lancashire faithful drowning their sorrows after second narrow loss in a row

2010-10-19 00:00

IT seems the cricket gods have got something against Lancashire as they went down in their second nail-biting match on successive Sundays.

After the one-wicket defeat to KZN Inland Premier 40 frontrunners Zingari at Collegians, which had Lancs’ festive supporters drowning their sorrows, this time it was the turn of the Lancashire faithful to sip from the same cup on their home turf when a resurgent Midlands edged them by one solitary run.

Midlands made a confident comeback after the disappointments of recent weeks with the highest total on Sunday, 193 for five in their 40 overs.

Lancs’ former Inland opener Kivershan Padayachee led the run chase, but the Woodlands lads were left to reflect on how just a run or two, scampered here, there or anywhere during their innings would have made all the difference.

At Varsity, Young Natalians pulled off a gigantic upset when they defeated champions Varsity by a comfortable 42 runs, Ryan Stanbury starring with bat and ball.

At Wanderers, the well-organised Standard side went to the top of the log with a convincing win over bottom-placed newcomers Cosmos, who are admirably providing far sterner opposition than some of the also-rans last season.

However, Stanton Govender’s 46 stands out like a beacon in a sorry total of 94 and Cosmos need their batsmen to show more determination.

The match between Zingari, serious challengers for the title under captain Lyndon Brown, and the ever-improving K&L line-up did not come off. In spite of this, Zingari must ensure that their early-season momentum remains strong.

Meanwhile, after the disappointment suffered by KZN Coastal in the washout of the matches against Eastern Province in Empangeni over the weekend, at least the club cricketers at venues further south along the coast were able to get in some match time, but there was no joy for the women’s teams with all four matches washed out.

KZN Coastal Premier 60 action saw former St Charles College all-rounder S.J. Erwee in superb form for his new club DHS Rhythm. He led the way with 76 in DHS’s 158 all out in the face of testing leg-spin from former Dolphins wrist spinner Tyrone Pillay of Chatsworth United. Former Rovers all-rounder Erwee then took three for 25 with the ball to ensure DHS’s 78-run victory, despite Fabian Crowie’s unbeaten 41 for the traditionally strong Chatsworth club.

If he maintains this sort of form, Erwee is putting a strong case forward for a return to the KZN Coastal provincial side.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier 40

At Woodlands: Midlands 193 for 5 (John Rawstone 78, Ant Foster 34*, Gareth Basson 3-38). Lancashire 192 (Kivershan Padayachee 46, Murray Hampson 3-26). Midlands won by 1 run.

At Varsity: Young Natalians 167 (Ryan Stanbury 35, Donald Baines 4-40, Oliver Humphries 3-21). Varsity 125 (Oliver Humphries 30, Ryan Stanbury 3-27; Alex Blake 2-17). Natalians won by 42 runs.

At Wanderers: Standard 163 for 8 (Sanvir Maharaj 34, Brent Bragge 32, Juan Pretorius 30, Ashok Kissonduth 2-11, Nashil Jeewaw 2-31). Cosmos 94 (Stanton Govender 46, Brent Kay 4-27, Stuart Tarr 3-32). Std won by 68 runs.

At Collegians: Zingari vs K&L (washed out).

Log (all played 3): 1 Std (15 pts); 2 Zingari (10); 3 Midlands (8); 4 K&L (7); 5 Varsity and Young Natalians (5); 7 Lancashire; 8 Cosmos (0).

KZN Coastal Premier 60

DHS Rhythm 158 (S. Erwee 76, T. Pillay four for 43, P. Grammy three for 31). Chatsworth United 80 (F. Crowie 41*, S. Erwee three for 27, R. Reeves four for 25). DHS won by 78 runs.

African Warriors 123 (Y. Maharaj 67, M. Patel five for 26). Topham 123 for three (S. van der Westhuizen 52). Topham won by 7 wickets.

Pinetown 119 for eight (J. Houston 35, S. Muthusamy 38). Berea Rovers 120 for eight (K. Gilham six for 19). Rovers won by 2 wickets.

ACC 99 (J. Wilson 39, D. Reddy three for 12, B. Taylor three for 27). Chatsworth Sporting 86 (R. De Beer three for 7). ACC won by 13 runs.

Delta 202 for seven (Y. Kewelpershad 46, J. Mason 56). Crusaders 103 (K. Kishun five for 37). Delta won by 99 runs.

Log (all played 3): 1 DHS (15 pts); 2 Rovers and Delta (13); 4 Saders (10); 5 Topham (5); 6 Ptn, Chats Sport, ACC (4); 9 Chats Utd and African Warriors (0).

Women’s League: 1 MCA and Dbn Collegians II (10 pts); 3 Rovers, Simplex, Verulam and Chats Sport (6); 7 Hillary Malvern (4); 8 Chats Utd, African Warriors (2); 10 Dbn Coll I (0).

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