Little progress in raising cricket standards

2009-01-26 00:00

THERE were some decisive wins in the KZN Inland Premier 60 competition on Sunday.

However, the biggest concern in a province where the gap between the top sides and the rest is considerable is the low number of local cricketers from the likes of Northdale and Raisethorpe coming through to compete with success at Premier League level. The same applies, but even more so, to Edendale and Imbali.

Officials have spoken about these issues for a long time, but the evidence at Premier League level proves that whatever has been done is an abject failure.

Third-placed Midlands relied on the somewhat undervalued bowling skills of veterans Doug Watson and Bruce Dixon to undo sixth-placed K&L in Ladysmith.

Inland skipper Ross McMillan hit a hundred and took three wickets along with Zimbabwean Tafadzwa Chihota in reigning champions and second-placed Varsity’s six-wicket win over Young Natalians.

Log leaders Standard beat fourth-placed Zingari on run rate in a match that realised 402 runs at the new Standard Cricket Ground (SCG) at Wanderers Club, home side captain Kyle Nipper again producing the goods.

And at Woodlands, fifth-placed Lancashire beat last-placed Orientals by seven wickets.

SCORES IN BRIEF

K&L 104 in 38 overs (S Fourie 32, D Watson 4-29, B Dixon 3-29) Midlands 108/4 in 20 overs (B Smith 41). Midlands won by 6 wickets.

Zingari 207/9 in 60 overs (T Drummond 100*, J Landsberg 42, K Nipper 3-46, M van Vuuren 3-53) Standard 195/6 in 48 overs (K Nipper 49, B Jones 48). Standard won on run rate – rain stopped play.

Young Natalians 187 in 53 overs (K Shah 69, W Anjum 60, R McMillan 3-51, T Chihota 3-31) Varsity 193/4 in 32.1 overs (R McMillan106*, G Addicott 32). Varsity won by 6 wickets.

Orientals 71 in 48 overs (K Padayachee 38, D Knipe 3-6, R Patricks 3-19) Lancashire 72/2 in 21.5 overs (S Stieger 33*). Lancs won by 7 wickets.

Inland Log (matches played in brackets): 1. Standard (11) 71 points; 2. Varsity (10) 65pts; 3. Midlands (11) 58 pts; 4. Zingari (10) 36 pts; 5. Lancashire (10) 30 pts; 6. K&L (11) 22 pts; 7. Young Natalians (11) 17 pts; 8. Northern Districts (9) 9 pts; 9. Orientals (11) 2 pts.

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