Lancs continue victory march

2009-11-25 00:00

THE Woodlands-based cricket club, Lancashire, have put together two consecutive victories against a pair of the “Big Five” teams in the KZN Inland Premier League.

Lancs’ 78-run win away to Zingari 10 days ago was followed up with another Premier 45 victory on Sunday, this time an exciting 16-run victory against the strong Varsity first XI.

Lancs batted first at Varsity Oval and put together a useful 208 for eight in their 45, the in-form Kivershan Padayachee again shining, while Fahim Suleiman also got amongst the runs. Varsity didn’t last the 45-over pace; 29 deliveries that could have provided the 17 runs for victory were not utilised as a solid Lancs attack, with Suleiman returning the best figures, dismissed them for 192, quality Zimbabwean all-rounder Tafadz­wa Chihota and provincial hockey player Jethro Eustice getting 40s.

Aside from these two victories it has been a successful season for Lancs. The more valued KZN Inland Premier 60 has seen the Lancashire lads involved in a rained-out draw against Northern Districts, an unfortunate defeat on run rate when handily placed against Midlands, a three-wicket win over also-rans K&L, a six-wicket win over lowly Young Natalians, before a somewhat surprising 80-run loss to Zingari.

The season still has a long way to go and new Lancs player/coach Sashen Dorasamy plus new skipper Tahir Essack need to keep their boys focused on the big prize: Premier 60 League victory and the chance to have a crack at National Club Champs.

The big test of whether Lancs have that crucial league-winning consistency comes at Varsity Oval this Sunday when they again play the campus-based side, this time in a Premier 60 match.

In the only other Inland Prem 45 match, and most disappointingly, the much-anticipated clash between close neighbours Zingari and Standard was called off at Collegians Club due to “the run-ups being too wet”, according to the union.

Aside from the Varsity/Lancs match, the other Inland Prem 60 matches this Sunday see reigning champions Standard at home to Northern Districts, the other “Big Five” side, Midlands, hosting Ladysmith’s K&L at Eston, and Young Natalians at home to Zingari in Khan Road.

RESULTS

Inland Prem 45: Lancashire 208/8 in 45 overs (Kivershan Padayachee 66, Fahim Suleiman 30, Tafadzwa Chihota 3-39). Varsity 192 in 40.1 overs (Chihota 47, Jethro Eustice 41, Suleiman 3-31). Lancs won by 16 runs.

Coastal Prem 60: Warriors 182 (V. Xulu 84, M. Patel 5-36). Topham 183/7 (R. Demmer 43*, S. Majozi 3-29). Topham won by 3 wkts.

Rovers 153 (K. Eccles 42). DHS 154/3 (R. Varty 52). DHS won by 7 wkts.

Pinetown 200/7 (B. Kruger 104*, B. Taylor 3-54). Chatsworth Sporting 202/5 (S. Reddy 101*, T. Henderson 3-71). Sporting won by 5 wkts.

Tertiary 182/6 (D. James 67, T. Pillay 6-48). Chatsworth United 186/4 (M. Jafta 77). United won by 6 wkts.

Delta 249/9 (J. Mason 92) Crusaders 211 (K. Ridgeway 84, C. Woods 3-20). Delta won by 38 runs.

* Only best Coastal individual achievements per innings included.

 

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