Play-off: Union Stars squash Varsity’s hopes of going to finals in Pretoria

2010-04-01 00:00

UNION Stars dealt KZN Inland cricket’s prestige a major blow when they won the National Club Championships play-off by 33 runs at the Varsity Oval on Tuesday.

Stars scored 211 for nine in their 45 overs before Varsity tumbled to 178 all out with 26 deliveries left in the bank.

If the campus-based side had managed to keep a few wickets in the kitty at the same time, they might well have been booking their flights to the finals in Pretoria, as the target would then have been eminently achievable.

This play-off takes place between the two Cricket South Africa associate provinces who compete in first-class cricket — KZN Inland and South Western Districts. The play-off winners earn the right to join the affiliate provinces’ champion league sides at National Club Champs.

The 2008/09 Inland Premier 60 champions, Standard, qualified for the last national tournament after beating SWD league winners Palcatsdorp in George.

Stars’ success was built around three Oudtshoorn lads — Doug Baartman (23 and three for 43), Andre Olivier (48), Merlin Masimela (three for 35) — and Dysseldorp-born SWD lad Pieter Stuurman (83).

Varsity’s Inland cricketers Ollie Humphries (two for 47 and 39), Narvaar Harridave (three for 15) and the in-form Glen Addicott (52) fought the good fight with the assistance of the talented Prosper ­Tsvanhu (two for 48) and Maritzburg College schoolboy Tyler Lortan (42), but it wasn’t enough to deny Stars their place in the galaxy.

It is a bitter blow for Varsity, who represented the province at National Club Champs when they won the 2007/08 Inland Premier 60 title.

Meanwhile, the final of the KZN Inland Premier League 45-over competition and the final countdowns for eight Maritzburg Cricket Association (MCA) titles played out at the weekend, and Lancashire came out smiling more than most.

The Woodlands-based Lancs, who play out of the Michael Patricks Oval, won the Premier 45 title at Collegians Club in an emphatic seven-wicket win over Standard with a massive 17 overs to spare. In the MCA Division I Twenty20 final, Lancs’ second XI beat Zingari II by five wickets off the second-last ball of the match at Varsity to top off their seven-wicket defeat of Maritzburg Cricket Club (MCC) in the MCA Division I 45-over showdown.

Tahir Essack was key to Lancs’ Premier 45 success, taking two for 33 and weighing in with 38 off his bat, while the experienced Clement Mvovo (three for 20) and Brendan Govender (39) did further damage to Standard’s cause. In a match that Standard would rather forget, schoolboy Marcel Frenzel’s unbeaten 48 was the only effort to write home about.

Meanwhile, the KZN Coastal Premier 60 title has been won by Crusaders, who thumped lowly Tertiary by 10 wickets in a postponed fixture on Sunday that wrapped up the club season in Durban.

Saders dethroned reigning KZN Coastal champs, Berea Rovers, who reached the final of the 2009 National Club Championships six months ago, but were comfortably beaten by seven wickets at the hands of Eastern Province winners Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), who went on to become University Sport SA (Ussa) titleholders 10 weeks later in a remarkable double for the club.

SCORES IN BRIEF

SA Club Champs playoff: Union Stars 211/9 in 45 ov (A Olivier 48, P Stuurman 83; N Harridave 3-15). Varsity 178 in 40.3 ov (G Addicott 52, T Lortan 42; M Masimela 3-35, D Baartman 3-43). Stars won by 33 runs.

Inland Premier 45 final: Standard 125 in 44 ov (Marcel Frenzel 48*; Clement Mvovo 3-20, Kivershan Padayachee 2-18, Tahir Essack 2-33). Lancashire 126/3 for 3 in 28 ov (Essack 38, Brendan Govender 39). Lancs won by 7 wkts.

MCA Division 1 45 final: MCC 161 in 32 ov (Michael Craig 64; Ezra Fynn 5-35, Craig Green 3-11). Lancashire II 163/3 in 26 ov (Christo Naidoo 90*). Lancs II won by 7 wkts.

MCA Div II 45 final: Standard Colts 346/9 in 45 ov (Robbie Coutts 90, Devlin Doulan 52, Jason Mustard 105). Standard III 113 in 23 ov (Jevon Rajah 3-26). Std Colts won by 233 runs.

MCA Challenge T20 final: Varsity 170/1 in 20 ov (Andrew McIntosh 101*, Ian Baines 46*). Cosmos 141/8 in 20 ov (Stanton Govender 37; Kyle Scrimgeor 3-24). Varsity II won by 29 runs.

MCA Div I T20 final: Zingari II 113 in 20 ov. Lancashire II 116/5 in 19.5 ov. Lancs II won by 5 wkts.

MCA Div II T20 final: Standard Colts 140/4 in 20 ov (Stefan Ungerer 92*). Standard III 87 in 16 ov (Jevon Rajah 4-19). Std Colts won by 53 runs.

MCA Div III T20 final: Azalea 76/6 in 20 ov. Willowfountain 77/6 in 15 ov. Willowfountain won by 4 wkts.

MCA Saturday Afternoon T20 final: Dons 132 in 20 ov. Zingari 136/7 in 18 ov. Zingari III won by 3 wkts.

MCA Sunday Afternoon T20 final: Cheers 56 in 17 ov. Kaymac 57/3 in 15 ov. Kaymac won by 7 wkts.

KZN Coastal Premier 60: Tertiary 80 (M Johnson 3-16, R Clift 5-32). Crusaders 84/0 (G Hodnett 64*). Saders won by 10 wkts.

Coastal Premier 60 final standings (all played 18): 1 Crusaders 233.52 points; 2 DHS Rhythm 21.57 pts; 3 Berea Rovers 190.50 pts; 4 Delta 174.37 pts; 5 Chatsworth United 165.74 pts; 6 Chatsworth Sporting 161.02 pts; 7 Topham 160.72 pts; 8 Pinetown 134.51 pts; 9 Tertiary 69.20 pts; 10 African Warriors 46.77 pts.

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