Midlands, Zingari win their Inland Premier League matches with ease

2009-12-10 00:00

THERE were comfortable victories for Midlands and Zingari in KZN Inland Premier League action at the weekend, while the much-anticipated match between home side Lancashire and reigning champions Standard at the Michael Patricks Oval in Woodlands didn’t get off the ground after conditions were deemed unfavourable for play.

Zingari had Jacques Pienaar’s devastating five-wicket haul to thank for Northern Districts’ modest 119 all out in Newcastle, Aveer Chandrarakan being the only home batsman to get any measure of the visitors’ attack. Zingari president Harry Brown’s side managed to knock off the runs with a reasonable degree of comfort in their five-wicket win.

Young Natalians took on Midlands at the Maritzburg Oval and managed 131 all out with the consistent Qasim Khurshid scoring 30, while veteran seamer Mark Haselau picked up five sticks. The Eston boys made short work of the target with Inland opener Mario Olivier and the underrated Clint Lock both playing decent innings in Midlands’ eight-wicket victory.

Meanwhile, the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Week in Bloemfontein has seen the University of KZN, a product of the Durban and PMB campuses, win their first two matches courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis Method.

UKZN are in the second tier of the tournament, so they don’t meet varsity cricket powerhouses Maties, UJ, Tukkies and the like.

Inland provincial players Oliver Humphries and Narvaar Harridave, both from the PMB campus, have enjoyed their time out in the middle in Bloemfontein so far, and it looks as if Humphries is on course to retain his place in the SA Universities’ team to be selected at the end of the week.

December 14 and 15 sees Standard and former KZN Inland coach Robbie Coutts holding a cricket clinic at Wan­­derers Club from 8 am to 12 noon each day at a fee of R200. For more information contact Coutts at 072 259 9993 or 074 127 3666.

The pick of the Inland Premier League matches this Sunday is arguably the Lancashire/Varsity encounter in Woodlands, the campus-based club endeavouring to maintain their momentum and Lancs feeding off their loyal home club supporters.

RESULTS:

Inland Premier: Lancashire vs Standard at Woodlands: Draw, ground unplayable.

Northern Districts 119 (Aveer Chandrarakan 35; Jacques Pienaar 5-15). Zingari 120/5 (Dyane Burnett 29, Mark Williams 25*; Zain Essop 2-20). Zingari won by 5 wkts.

Young Natalians 131 (Qasim Khurshid 30; Mark Haselau 5-42). Midlands 132/2 (Mario Olivier 43, Clint Lock 70). Midlands won by 8 wkts.

Coastal Premier: African Warriors 134 (B. Whatmore 3-24). Berea Rovers 135/6 (B. Hector 52*). Rovers won by 4 wkts.

Chatsworth Sporting 159/9 (N. Govender 45; C. Flowers 4-43, A. Razak 3-57). DHS Rhythm 145 (R. Reeves 35; M. Saliwa 3-45). Sporting won by 14 runs.

Chatsworth United vs Topham: Query still to be settled.

Delta 233/4 (A. Moosa 45, S. Simpson 90, M. Bekker 47*). Pinetown 204/9 (K. Zondo 74, K. Buckthorpe 41; C. Woods 4-39, K. Maharaj 4-67). Delta won by 29 runs.

USSA Week: UKZN 182/7 (O Humphries 71). Rhodes 167/9 (P Tshanhu 3-35, O Humphries 2-19). UKZN won by 15 runs (D/L Method).

Central University 122 (N Harridave 4-41, O Humphries 2-38). UKZN 68/2 after 21. overs (R Gouveia 28*). UKZN won by 20 runs (D/L Method).

FIXTURES:

Inland Premier: Northern Districts vs Standard (Newcastle); K&L vs Midlands (Ladysmith); Zingari vs Young Natalians (Collegians Club); Lancashire vs Varsity (Michael Patricks Oval, Woodlands).

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