One-way traffic for Varsity, Standard and Zingari

2009-11-11 00:00

THE past Sunday’s KZN Inland Premier League club cricket matches were very much one-way traffic for Varsity and Standard, while Zingari, too, had a surprisingly comfortable match.

Standard were way too good for Ladysmith’s K&L at Wanderers Club. Former Inland all-rounder Clint Bowyer had a splendid time with a half-century and seven wickets, including a hat-trick.

However, Standard’s eight-wicket win again highlighted inadequacies in the quality of competition in this so-called “premier” league, as of the possible 120 overs available in this 60-over format, only half were needed to complete a one-sided match.

Varsity’s massive 202-run win over Young Natalians is another case in point. Whether Inland’s top-order batsman and part-time off-spinner Brad Moses got any value out of his 49 and four for 10 is highly debatable.

This chasm in ability between the top three or four sides and the rest in this eight-team league makes little sense when one has to represent Inland against quality provincial competition the following weekend.

The midlands cricketers in the Inland line-up didn’t even get on the park, as Northern Districts of Newcastle were unable to field a team in Eston due to “injuries sustained by players on Saturday afternoon and scholars writing exams”, according to the provincial cricket body.

At least Inland skipper Tim Drummond had a halfway decent challenge when he took 103 off a Lancashire attack that does ask questions of a batsman’s ability on occasion. Lyndon Brown, who has been left out of the Inland side for this weekend’s matches against Boland in Paarl, was a scampered single short of a half-century for Zingari, who won by 80 runs.

In KZN Coastal Premier 60, Crusaders consolidated their healthy 14-point lead at the top of the log with a six-wicket win over Topham.

St Charles schoolboy Matthew Hulett, who has opted to play club cricket in Durban, hit a half-century for Topham.

His club team-mate, Keegan Nagan, who showed much promise at Maritzburg College, appears to have found himself again.

His 70 against Saders underscored his talent. Nagan shone with bat and ball as a pro in UK club cricket in the off-season.

Berea Rovers and DHS Rhythm are within a point of each other in second and third place after comfortable wins of their own.

Rovers beat Chatsworth United by 70 runs, with Wayne Madsen (113) and all-rounder SJ Erwee (88 and five for 58) playing leading roles.

Erwee opted to go to Durban after matriculating at St Charles and has been in the KZN Coastal side.

His performance for Rovers this past weekend provides a timely reminder to the selectors that he is not done yet.

Three months ago, Madsen landed a two-year contract with Derbyshire, having impressed the English county in just four matches with a remarkable 422 runs at 70,33, including two hundreds.

Madsen was unable to cement a place in the KZN Dolphins squad, but has an Italian passport, which enables him to play in England as a “local” cricketer.

RESULTS

Inland Premier 60: K&L 131 (Shaun Fourie 48, Shaun Thompson 35; Clint Bowyer 7-44). Standard 133/2 (Clint Bowyer 69, Brendon Jones 31). Standard won by 8 wkts.

Midlands vs Northern Districts (unable to field a team): Midland won by default.

Zingari 258/8 (Tim Drummond 103, Lyndon Brown 39, Gareth Brown 49; Clement Mvovo 3-32, Renoir Patricks 3-50). Lancashire 178 (Kivershan Padayachee 40, G Brown 3-33, Richard Hlela 3-38). Zingari won by 80 runs.

Varsity scored 316/2 (Tafadzwa Chiota 127, Andrew McIntosh 116, Bradley Moses 49). Young Natalians 114 (Moses 4-10). Varsity won by 202 runs.

Coastal Premier 60: Berea Rovers 319/8 (W. Madsen 113, S. Erwee 88, R. Vaughan 43; M. Kassim 5-86). Chatsworth United 249 (D. Govender 86, F. Crowie 75; S. Erwee 5-58, D. Horsefall 3-90). Rovers won by 70 runs.

Topham 214 (M. Hulett 51, K. Nagan 67, M. Patel 40; M. Johnson 4-95). Crusaders 215/4 (G. Hodnett 38, M. Alexander 90, J. Schorn 66*). Saders won by 6 wkts.

DHS Rhythm 276 (R. Reeves 84; K. Gilham 4-55). Pinetown 128 (G. Chislet 48; R. Reeves 3-11). DHS Rhythm won by 148 runs.

African Warriors 182 (D. Sincuba 49, S. Majozi 57, T. Mawarie 48*; R. Reddy 3-52, J. Fowler 3-28). Delta 185/4 (A. Moosa 80*, J. Mason 45; Z. Xokwe 4-54). Delta won by 6 wkts.

Chatsworth Sporting 217/9 (N. Govender 66, K. Chetty 41*; P. Turner 3-38). Tertiary 52 (D. Reddy 4-28, K. Chetty 4-17). Sporting won by 165 runs.

FIXTURES

Inland Premier 45: Varsity vs Young Natalians (Varsity); Zingari vs Lancashire (Collegians).

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