Standard pip Varsity in thrilling finish

2008-10-21 00:00

THE highlight of the KZN Inland Premier League on Sunday saw Standard beat reigning champions Maritzburg Varsity in a last-ball thriller.

Varsity needed nine off the last ball. Gerry Penford needed to hit a six and hope for a no-ball as well. Penford hit the last delivery for six, but the bowler did not co-operate with a no-ball, so that was that — a memorable Standard win by just two runs.

It brought back memories of Jonty Rhodes in a similar position for Natal at Kingsmead in the early nineties.

His team-mate of the exceptionally talented 1987 SA Schools’ side that included Hansie Cronje, Richard Snell, bowled a no-ball, Rhodes hit it for six, then a four to win the match.

The Varsity Oval match was a credit to both teams. Results cannot speak of the excitement and tension of the game. Standard coach Robbie Coutts put in much planning for this match and deserves praise.

The quality of bowling was of a high level. Standard opener Brendon Jones faced Inland bowlers Ollie Humphries, Ross McMillan and Garry Hampson with confidence up front. It was a difficult track — and a good toss for Hampson to win.

Later, when Coutts’s XI lost their way somewhat, the impressive Brendon Govender played with maturity in steadying the ship, and along with the talented former Inland player, Sherwin Govender, added vital runs as their 60 overs drew to a close.

In reply, Varsity started very slowly and it was explosive Inland batsman Glen Addicott who came in to provide huge impetus, but his wicket was key and essentially changed the game.

Standard skipper Kyle Nipper, gaining in confidence with the assistance of the experienced Andre and Morne van Vuuren — André’s guidance at crucial moments was quite exceptional — used his bowlers to great effect with Darren Izzard and Al Briscoe first up, the Van Vuurens next, then Nipper and Clint Bowyer.

It was a match to savour.

Elsewhere, Midlands beat Lancashire in Woodlands and Young Natalians will be greatly encouraged by their performance against Zingari.

Overall, the weekend’s cricket is a positive sign for the province’s crunch encounter with Free State at the PMB Oval, beginning on Thursday.

SCORES IN BRIEF:

KZN Inland: Standard 181/9 in 60 overs (B Jones 58, B Govender 44, G Hampson 2-27). Pmb Varsity 179/7 in 60 overs (R McMillan 63, G Addicott 37, T Chihota 32; K Nipper 3-17, M van Vuuren 2-39, C Bowyer 2-30). Standard won by 2 runs.

Lancashire 145 in 52.4 overs (K Nero 52, S Duda 27, M Gqadushe 25; M Haselau 3-37, M Hampson 2-21, N Kelbrick 2-19). Midlands 148/4 in 31 overs (A Foster 56, M Olivier 42*). Midlands won by 6 wickets.

Young Natalians 163 in 47 overs (W Anjum 72, M Khurram 45; J Kleyweg 3-19, M Gerrard 3-24). Zingari 166/6 in 46.3 overs (L Brown 59, A Tweedie 34*; Q Khurshid 2-30, M Munir 2-30, M Aslam 2-52). Zingari won by 4 wickets.

* Orientals vs Northern Districts rained off.

KZN Coastal Premier League: Dbn Collegians 256/7 (G Hodnett 129; S Majozi 4-56). African Warriors 74 (K Hodnett 5-22). Dbn Collegians won by 182 runs.

Chatsworth United 141 (C Flowers 5-53). Toti 101 (T Pillay 5-24). United won by 40 runs.

Berea Rovers 274/9 (W Madsen 76, L Madsen 91; K Maharaj 5-88). Delta 265 (S Simpson 52, M Bekker 79). Rovers won by 9 runs.

Topham 108 (D Reddy 5-28). Chatsworth Sporting 106 (M Patel 4-9, K Nagan 4-30). Topham won by 2 runs.

Crusaders 311/5 (J Schorn 52, G. Rowley 154*). Dawnheights 54 (N Huwer 4-23). Crusaders won by 257 runs.

Tertiary 163 (K Buckthorpe 7-38). Pinetown 168/6 (B. Kruger 50). Pinetown won by 4 wickets.

* Individuals mentioned in KZN Coastal matches are those who made exceptional contributions.

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