Top clubs stay in charge

2008-10-13 00:00

THE gap between the top five teams and the bottom four in this season’s KZN Inland Premier League appears to be large on just about all fronts.

Midlands beat Ladysmith side K&L by 148 runs. Varsity beat Young Natalians by 200 runs.

Of the bottom clubs, Orientals put in a challenging effort against Lancashire, losing by two wickets.

The only match that featured two of the top five sides produced absorbing club cricket at Collegians Club.

After a good start, Standard were in trouble against hosts Zingari at 100-odd for five, the home side’s Lyndon Brown dismissing the Van Vuuren brothers, Morne and Andre, cheaply — and in quick succession.

Chad Barron (49 not out) and Scott Tarr (45) got the innings back on track. Both played excellent strokes, and Tarr set pulses racing with some beauties through the covers.

Kyle Nipper and Clint Bowyer rounded off productive matches with bat and ball to ensure Zingari fell well short of the 253-run target.

Tafadzwa Chihota, with his second club-level century at this early stage of the season, and Glen Addicott — a welcome return after injury — scored the bulk of Varsity’s runs against Young Natalians, while Garry Hampson and Caiden Lang also got busy in a massive total of 379 for three.

Midlands, aside from Murray Hampson and Bruce Dixon shining in their imposing 314 for three total against K&L, had new team-mate Doug Watson starring with the ball.

Mbasa Gqadushe continued his good form with 88 for Lancs while Sashen Dorasamy was the mainstay of Orientals’ total with 53.

It is time the Inland selectors, in line with quota requirements, considered the claims of young Lancs paceman Sheldon Stieger and batsmen Brendon Govender and Robin Elliott from Standard.

An invitation to nets would quickly resolve whether they are genuine contenders.

Meanwhile, after two rounds in the KZN Coastal Premier League, there is less than a two-point band between the top six, with Delta in front on 20,75 points followed by United, Saders, Pinetown, Sporting and sixth-placed Rovers, on 19,03 points.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland

Midlands 314/7 (M Hampson 74, B Dixon 50, C Lock 39) K&L 166 (D Watson 5-6, M van Rooyen 2-31). Midlands won by 148 runs.

Varsity 379/3 (T Chihota 133, G Addicott 87*, G Hampson 74*, C Lang 56). Young Natalians 179 (M Gravett 5-22, N Harridave 2-27, O Humphries 2-33). Varsity won by 200 runs.

Standard 252/8 (C Barron 49*, S Tarr 45, K Nipper 42, C Bowyer 36; L Brown 3-60). Zingari 185 (J Phillips 55, N Hendrie 34; C Bowyer 4-46, K Nipper 3-47). Standard won by 67 runs.

Orientals 180/9 (S Dorasamy 53, K Rabisanker 38; S Stieger 3-32, C Mvovo 2-39). Lancs 183/8 (M Gqadushe 88, K Nero 60). Lancs won by two wickets.

Inland log (matches played in brackets): 1 Standard (3) 20 points; 2 Midlands (3) 17 pts; 3 Lancs (2) 15 pts; 4 Varsity (2) 15 pts; 5 Zingari (2) 5 pts; 6 Northern Districts (1) 3 pts; 7 K&L (4) 2 pts; 8 Orientals (3) 0 pts; 9 Young Natalians (3) 0 pts.

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