Standard, Midlands go head to head

2012-02-09 00:00

WITH three rounds to go in the KZN Inland top six, the race is on between Standard and Midlands for the title and a coveted place in the National Club Championships later this year.

Midlands are on 32 points after eight matches, while Standard are on 34 after the regulation nine, but crucially the Eston Country Club-based side have a game in hand.

That match is a postponed encounter with Northern Natal that occurred in the period of the season when the league was essentially a top eight.

The top six came into being when it was decided that the two bottom sides in the top eight would be better served playing in a new Northern Natal League. The upshot was that the Northern Natal club would play as Ladysmith in a Northern Natal Premier League (NNPL), where they would be joined by top eight stragglers Northern Districts as well as the Estcourt and Dundee clubs.

Midlands host fourth-placed Varsity (21 points) on Sunday while Standard are at their Wanderers Club home base against sixth-placed Young Natalians (11 points). Other matches see fifth-placed Lancashire (16 points) hosting third-placed Zingari (26 points) at Woodlands.

With all sides having played two matches, the NNPL has five rounds left and the honours race is wide open.

Sunday sees leaders Northern Districts (seven points) hosting second-placed Dundee (five points) in Newcastle, while fourth-placed Estcourt (two points) are at home to third-placed Ladysmith (five points).

Meanwhile, East Springer and Mike Alexander, second and third in KZN Coastal Premier batting averages, led by DHS Rhythm’s Nash Govender, were instrumental in log leaders Crusaders trouncing bottom-placed Durban Collegians by 144 runs. DHS Rhythm’s Ryan Reeves took three for 22, but it was not enough to prevent Topham from winning by 35 runs.

With three rounds left, all clubs have played 15 matches and Crusaders (54 points) are followed by Chatsworth Sporting (52 points), Berea Rovers (38), DHS Rhythm (36), Delta (34), African Warriors (32), Pinetown (23), Chatsworth United (22) and Durban Collegians (15).

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Coastal Premier 50: African Warriors 149 (Thandi Tshabalala 6-38). Chatsworth Sporting 152/7 (Desigan Reddy 44; Sthembiso Majozi 3-21).

Sporting won by three wickets.

Berea Rovers 339/9 (Neville Talbot 120; Surie Naidoo 5-54). Chatsworth United 183 (Chetan Bisht 84, Ryan Vaughan 4-22). Rovers won by 156 runs.

Crusaders 339/6 (Mike Alexander 141, East Springer 100). Collegians 195 (Martin Bekker 72).

Saders won by 144 runs.

Delta 110 (Luke Schlemmer 3-22, Andrew Dyer 3-23). Pinetown 163 (Bruce Kruger 46; Fabian Shaun Crowie 3-26). Pinetown won by 53 runs.

Topham 206 for nine (Matthew Boote 35, Keegan Nagan 33, Ryan Wallace 3-20-3, Ryan Reeves 3-33). DHS Rhythm 171/9 (Kyle Moolman 39*; Mohamed Patel 4-30).

Topham won by 35 runs.

KZN Women’s League: Maritzburg Cricket Association XI 118/0. Chatsworth United 119/8.

United won by two wickets.

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