Standard’s chance to bounce back in 45-over final

2010-03-25 00:00

DESPITE the disappointment of relinquishing their KZN Inland Premier 60 League title to Varsity, Standard have the opportunity once again to put the regrets of not going to National Club Champs behind them when they meet Lancashire in the Maritzburg Cricket Association Premier 45-over final at Collegians Club on Sunday.

The KFC Inland T20 final last Friday saw Standard give Varsity a nine-wicket thrashing, and they have beaten Varsity on each occasion that the two sides have met this season.

The T20 Inland final saw Varsity struggle to 106 for seven in their 20 overs. Tyler Lortan top-scored on 22, while the underrated Brent Bragge led the Standard bowling charge with an outstanding four for 15 in four. It took Standard just 12 overs to overhaul the target, Brendon Jones coming to light with an unbeaten 48 and Robin Elliott hitting an unbeaten 50.

Among the eight interesting finals in the various divisions, another intriguing couple of clashes on Sunday see Zingari II taking on Lancashire II in the MCA Division I Twenty20 final at Varsity’s number two oval, while in the MCA Challenge T20 final Cosmos meet Varsity II at the same venue.

And in the KZN Coastal Premier League, Crusaders look to have one hand on the trophy after their five-wicket win over fourth-placed Delta at the weekend.

Unbeaten log leaders DHS Rhythm hold a slender five-point advantage over Saders, but despite thrashing two-time defending champs Berea Rovers by 122 runs, they have played all their matches and Saders still have a game in hand against lowly student side Tertiary.

Rovers’ implosion towards season’s end is most uncharacteristic and hopefully they will be able to regroup for next season.

A major source of concern is the performance of Tertiary, which is the amalgamation of the once-strong Durban university and technikon sides into one unit. Tertiary cricket in Durban has never been so poor and it is a big concern, particularly in the light of the reasonably healthy and strong university club in Pietermaritzburg.

African Warriors is another source of despair. And as in the Inland Premier League, the gulf between the top clubs (eight in the case of Coastal and five in the case of Inland) and the bottom clubs (two Coastal and three Inland) is huge.

Both Inland and Coastal would be far better served if the old Inter-City League were brought back.

Meanwhile, KZN Inland’s Pippa Payne ended 13th on the Women’s Provincial League’s final batting average, and Cherri Cannon and Bianca Sakoor ended 16th and 17th respectively in the bowling averages.

Victorious provincial champions KZN Coastal, who beat defending champions Western Province by four wickets in the final at Kingsmead at the weekend, not surprisingly had teenage sensation Chloe Tryonne on top of the bowling stats, Rasika Maharaj second, skipper Denisha Devnarain 12th and Kayleigh Tapp in 14th spot. And in the batting stakes, Trisha Chetty was ninth, Nikkita Sole in 11th place.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Inland T20 final: Varsity 106 for 7 in 20 overs (Tyler Lortan 22, Brent Bragge 4-0-15-4). Standard 108 for 1 in 12 overs (Brendon Jones 48*, Robin Elliot 54*). Standard won by 9 wkts.

Coastal Premier 60: African Warriors 161 (Y. Maharaj 73, S. Rampersad six for 35)

Topham 162 for seven (S. Naidoo 43*, S. Matlava five for 35). Topham won by 3 wickets.

DHS Rhythm 200 for eight (A. Razak 72, R. Varty 55) Berea Rovers 78 all out (S. Mhlongo four for 23). Rhythm won by 122 runs.

Pinetown 270 for five (B. Kruger 80, J. Phillips 44, G. Chislet 91) Chatsworth Sporting 271 for seven (K. Gounder 45, J. Chetty 47). Sporting won by 3 wickets.

Tertiary 96 (M. Kassim three for 34, S. Pillay three for 18) Chatsworth United 101 for one (F. Crowie 37*). United won by 9 wickets.

Delta 145 (S. Dixon four for 44, Z. Ncube three for 47) Crusaders 149 for five (K. Ridgeway 30, E. Springer 34*, J. Schorn 36). Saders won by 5 wickets.

Coastal Premier 60 log (all played 18 except where stated): DHS Rhythm 221,57 points; Saders (17) 216,68; Rovers 190,50; Delta 174,37; Chats Utd 165,74; Chats Sporting 161,02; Topham 160,72; Pinetown 134,51; Tertiary (17) 68,40; Warriors 46,77.

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