Sri Lanka coming to the Oval on Sunday

2008-09-15 00:00

MIDLANDS cricket fans are in for an all-too-rare treat this coming Sunday.

On that day, the Maritzburg Oval in Alexandra Park should play host to a decent crowd when South Africa “A” meet Sri Lanka “A” in the second of the five-match MTN One-Day Series against the host country.

Like South Africa “A”, the Sri Lanka “A” squad are billed as the feeder team to their national side, but thus far their experience-building tour to SA has not been easy.

Heading into their limited-over clash with a University XI in Pretoria tomorrow, the Lankans have yet to taste victory in four matches.

The first unofficial ODI is in Potchefstroom on Friday. The Oval match on Sunday starts at 10 am with the gates opening at 8.30 am.

Tickets are on sale at Computicket and also on the day, with prices at R20 for adults and R10 for youths and pensioners.

Spectators are permitted to bring umbrellas, food and non-alcoholic beverages into the ground. Alcohol will be on sale at the Oval. No glass bottles will be allowed and there will be braai facilities available.

Demarcated corporate or family sites are available. Food stall sites are available to vendors. Contact Tracy Elliott at 033 345 2791 or fax 033 345 5387 before Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Maritzburg cricket association squad won the KZN Inter-District Challenge by a country mile from Durban with a 135-run victory over Ilembe at Varsity Oval on Sunday. The result leaves the MCA XI 21 points ahead of their second-placed rivals.

Tafazwa Chiota hit a century with support from Caiden Lang in a quick-fire 144-run opening partnership in no time to set the platform, while Lyndon Brown bowled with pace, vigour and little luck in the oppressive heat, yet was still able to wreck the Ilembe top order.

In two matches of their tour to this region, the strong Pretoria High School Old Boys line-up experienced mixed fortunes. They just beat local champs PMB Varsity on Saturday after running into Jason Vaughan-Davies the day before at Eston, the ex-Zimbabwean smashing 38 off 13 deliveries, including five sixes — one of which landed in the nearby dam — in the midlands farmers’ meritorious four-wicket victory.

SCORES IN BRIEF

MCA 326/8 in 60 overs (Chiota 115, Laing 71). Ilembe 191/9 (L Jali 91, Brown 3-23, Humphries 2-31). MCA won by 135 runs.

Durban 172/8 (C Chetty 43*, K. Abbott 3-24). Uthungulu 173/7 (K Abbott 102, C Flowers 6-46). Uthungulu won by 3 wickets.

Friendlies: Pretoria High School Old Boys 216/7. Pmb Varsity 200/5 (Michael Gravett 57*, Hampson 48, Chiota 35). PHSOB won by 16 runs.

PHSOB 158/5. Midlands (Country Districts) 159/6 (Jason Vaughan-Davies 38). Midlands won by 4 wickets.

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