Standard and Zingari set for Premier 40 showdown

2011-03-04 00:00

THERE is set to be a royal battle at Collegians Club on Sunday when home side Zingari take on KZN Inland Premier 40 log leaders Standard.

Standard lead the log after 11 games with 41 points while second-placed Zingari are breathing down their necks and own 35 points from 11 outings.

After this weekend’s 12th round, there are a final two rounds to play in this competition, which determines who KwaZulu-Natal Inland’s candidate will be for the National Club Championships.

Zingari president Harry Brown said months ago that this was going to be the 125-plus-year-old club’s season and Standard cannot afford any slip-ups as the Premier 40 heads into the final stages.

Next weekend, Zingari are away to Cosmos at Khan Road while Standard host Young Natalians at Wanderers Club.

The form book suggests that both should win, but history also tells us that Khan Road is less reliable than Wanderers as far as the pitch and ground playability­ are concerned, so Standard should have the edge in this instance.

The final round on March 20 sees Standard again at home, Ladysmith’s K&L being their guests, while Zingari are also at home, at their Collegians Club stronghold, but have a potentially­ far tougher outing against defending Inland club champions Varsity.

If predictions are worth anything, it appears as if Standard have the inside track on the title, which makes this Sunday’s shootout at Collegians a must-win scenario for Zingari’s Brown brothers, Lyndon and Gareth, and their talented young team.

This tussle between the two neighbouring clubs that are separated by Aberfeldy Road will be well worth watching.

After two successive defeats, Standard returned to winning ways in last Sunday’s action with a vital 37-run victory over reigning champs Varsity at Wanderers, while Zingari’s all-conquering recent run continued with a 105-run drubbing of Young Natalians­ at Howick, the youngsters again coming to the party for the Collegians­ Club-based side.

In the other matches, Midlands were too strong for K&L in Ladysmith while Lancashire had the measure of Cosmos at Woodlands.

In Durban, KZN Coastal T20 fare sees Durban High School Rhythm and Crusaders unsurprisingly topping Pool A, while Pinetown — after their thrilling one-run win against Berea Rovers — have a four-point lead over Chatsworth Sporting and the lads from Rovers.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland Premier 40:

At Wanderers: Standard 217 (Michael Gouweloos 38; Donald Baines 4-25, Calvin Savage 3-33). Varsity 180 (Tafadzwa Chiota 62; Duncan Keal 4-42). Standard won by 37 runs.

At Howick: Zingari 220 for 7 (Gareth Sharpe 51*, Jarryd Phillips 49). Young Natalians 115 (Sam Holden 44; Jarryd Phillips 2-14, Wade Lezar 2-10). Zingari won by 105 runs.

In Ladysmith: K&L 166 (Sheldon Mungroo 40, Mfundo Zakwe 37; Shaun Simpson 2-24). Midlands 169 for 4 (Clint Lock 60*, James Bryant 49). Midlands won by six wickets.

At Woodlands: Cosmos 142 (Sashen Dorasamy 4-18, Kevershan Padayachee 3-14). Lancashire 146 for 5 (Uraaz Essack 65*, Tahir Essack 45; Juran Raman 2-19). Lancs won by five wickets.

KZN Inland Premier 40 log (all played 11): 1 Standard 41 pts; 2 Zingari 36 pts; 3 Midlands 28 pts; 4 Lancashire 25 pts; 5 Young Natalians 19,6 pts; 6 Varsity 18 pts; 7 K&L 13 pts; 8 Cosmos 10 pts.

KZN Coastal Premier T20:

Pool A: Delta 89 (R. Bux 3-5, S. Rampersad 3-7). Topham 90-3. Topham won by seven wickets.

Crusaders 179-5 (G. Hodnett 90, M. Alexander 32; D. Smit 3-21). Delta 110 (D. Smit 41*, N. Hewer 4-13). Saders won by 69 runs.

DHS Rhythm 186-7 (S. Erwee 45, V. van Jaarsveld 77). Topham 136- 7 (K. Nagan 43; B. Scullard 5-14). Rhythm won by 50 runs.

Pool B: Pinetown 149 for 7 (C. Watling 37; S. Gcilitshana 3-23). Berea Rovers 148 for 3 (J. Lacon-Allin 45*, B. Hector 68). Pinetown won by one run.

Pinetown 173-5 (B. Kruger 54). Toti 110 for 6 (C. Mill 47*; A. Dyer 3-22). Pinetown won by 63 runs.

African Warriors 114 for 4 (V. Xulu 40, G. Venter 37*). Chatsworth Sporting 116 for 2 (D. Anand 56*, D. Reddy 32). Sporting won by eight wickets.

Coastal T20 log — Pool A (played 3 unless stated): 1 DHS Rhythm 8 pts; 2 Crusaders 8 pts; 3 Delta 4 pts: 4 Chatsworth United (2) 4 pts; 5 Topham (2) 4 pts. P ool B (played 3 unless stated): 1 Pinetown (3) 12 pts; 2 Rovers 8 pts; 3 Chats Sporting 8 pts; 4 Toti 0 pts; 5 African Warriors (2) 0 pts.

 

FIXTURES

Inland Premier 40: Zingari vs Standard (Collegians); Varsity vs Lancs (Varsity); Midlands vs Young Natalians (Eston); Cosmos vs K&L (Khan Road).

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