Standard and MCC confirm their top spots in MCA Premier Division

2015-02-12 00:00

STANDARD and MCC confirmed their spots on top of the MCA Premier Division one and two after solid wins in their 50-over matches at the weekend.

Masibemunye finally made a showing, pitching up for their clash with Standard at Dairy, where they were hopelessly outclassed in a one-sided affair. Adding to their misery was a further point being deducted from them for failing to submit a result sheet on time. This leaves them firmly entrenched at the bottom of division one with a single point from seven scheduled matches.

Zingari and Varsity’s meeting at ­Collegians was abandoned without a ball being bowled and in division two, MCC saw off Young Natalians at Khan Road by seven wickets and Cosmos eased past Lancashire at Woodlands.

There were also paltry scores on some tricky strips, with Standard’s Riley Coutts producing unbelievable bowling figures of 7-9 in nine overs against ­Masibemunye, while elsewhere there were a few batsmen who managed to ease past the 50 mark without pushing through to a sizeable innings. The weekend’s best effort was Vaughan Manue’s 73 for Lancashire against Cosmos.

Masibemunye v Standard at Dairy

Masibemunye were completely overpowered in a match that saw Standard glean a full house of points to extend their lead in the first division. Their bowlers, led by Coutts, rattled through them for just 54, a score Standard knocked off in only 10 overs for a nine-wicket win.

Masibemunye 54 (Coutts 7-9)

Standard 54-1

Standard won by nine wickets.

Zingari v Varsity at Collegians

Match Abandoned.

Young Natalians v MCC at Khan Road

Natalians collapsed to 76 all out in 18.3 overs, with Pienaar Buyus (3-3) and Ross Strachan (3-12) wrapping them up. MCC took 13.2 overs to reach 80-3. Chase Strachan was undefeated on 55.

Young Natalians 76 (Buyus 3-3, Strachan 3-12)

MCC 80-3 (C Strachan 55*)

MCC won by seven wickets.

Lancashire v Cosmos at Woodlands

Cosmos scored 97-8 in 45 overs. Despite Manue’s 73, Rishen Sewcharran (3-37) had other ideas as Lancashire reached 164 all out.

Cosmos 197-8 (Mota 54, Moonsamy 32)

Lancashire 164 (Manue 73; Sewcharran 3-37)

Cosmos won by 33 runs.

Division one log

Standard — 27 points

Varsity — 14 points

Zingari — nine points

Masibemunye — one point

Division two log

MCC — 18 points

Cosmos — 15 points

Lancashire — 14 points

Young Natalians — six points

Fixtures

Division one (50-Over) : Sunday — Masibemunye v Zingari at Dairy One; Standard v Varsity at Wanderers.

Division two (50-0ver): Sunday — Young Natalians v Lancashire at Khan Road; MCC v Cosmos at Linpark.

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