UKZN cricket team unlucky not to regain spot in A section at USSA

2009-12-18 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal cricket team were within one match of regaining their place in the A section of University Sport South Africa cricket when they reached the final of the USSA Week in Bloemfontein.

UKZN, which represents the Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses, dropped out of the top rung in recent seasons, but their relegation looked to be a thing of the past when they reached the B section final against University of Cape Town.

However, UCT won out on the day, their five-wicket win coming in spite of the efforts of Maritzburg Varsity’s Tafadzwa Chiota (92) and last season’s SA Varsities player and the Zimbabwean’s local campus team-mate, Ollie Humphries (2-27).

Humphries had a good week and must be considered unlucky not to have earned a second SAU cap. Chiota, too, has reason to feel aggrieved, although it must be said that not playing in the A Section is always going to count against you.

The USSA Week top honours went to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) after a nail-biting two-run win over University of Western Cape in the final.

Last year’s winners were Tuks, who beat NMMU in the final.

NMMU’s Pite van Biljon will lead the USSA XI against SA U19, India U19 and Sri Lanka U19 in Gauteng later this month.

The squad is a mixture of the most consistent players during the week, as well as some players who were unexpectedly called up for their franchise teams, such as Gino Vries. In a sorry sign of the times, not one player from KZN was able to make the team — a sad decline from the salad days of Vince van der Bijl, Clive Rice, Jonty Rhodes, Andrew Hudson and many more.

In the KZN Coastal Twenty/20 Premier competition, Crusaders entrenched their dominant position in Durban club cricket’s top level when they beat Chatsworth Sporting by 10 wickets in the final.

United managed just 81 for nine in their 20 overs before Saders overhauled the target with all wickets intact, Guy Hodnett hitting an unbeaten 74.

In the semis, Sporting scraped past Berea Rovers by two runs and Saders beat Chatsworth United by seven wickets, this time East Springer (3-17) and Michael Alexander (48*) coming to the party.

Meanwhile, the KZN Inland Premier League matches apparently suffered a sorry fate as two were rained out: Zingari versus Young Natalians and Lancashire versus Varsity. One match was forfeited, that between K&L and Midlands, while only the Northern Districts versus Standard match in Newcastle had a result, Standard winning on superior run-rate. No official results were forthcoming from the KZN Inland Cricket Union.

The KwaZulu-Natal Coastal team playing Gauteng at the Old Edwardians Cricket Club in Houghton over the weekend includes Khaya Zondo, who returns to the team after doing duty in the SuperSport Series for the Dolphins against the Warriors, while Pierre de Bruyn has been entrusted with the captaincy duties.

RESULTS AND TEAMS

KZN Inland Premier 60: Standard 275/5 in 60 overs (Clint Bowyer 63, Robin Elliott 47, Brendon Jones 41, Brent Bragge 42, Chad Barron 45)

Northern Districts 70/6 in 27 overs (Clint Bowyer 5/28)

Standard won on superior run-rate.

KZN Coastal Premier Twenty/20 — Semi-final 1: Chatsworth Sporting 150 for seven (J. Chetty 43, T. Naidoo 35*, T. Cox three for 17). Berea Rovers 148 for nine (S. Erwee 31, B. Hector 46, J. Chetty four for 27). Chatsworth Sporting won by two runs. Semi-final 2: Chatsworth United 89 for nine (E. Springer three for 17). Crusaders 90 for three (M. Alexander 48*). Crusaders won by seven wickets.

Final: Chatsworth Sporting 81 for nine. Crusaders 94 without loss (G. Hodnett 74*). Crusaders won by 10 wickets.

Final USSA A Section placings: 1 NMMU; 2 UWC; 3 Tuks; 4 Maties; 5 Free State; 6 Wits; 7 Pukke; 8 UJ. B Section: 1 UCT; 2 UKZN; 3 Cape Peninsula; 4 Vaal; 5 Rhodes; 6 Central; 7 Tshwane; 8 Walter Sisulu.

UKZN results days 5, 4 and 3:

Day 5 - Final: UKZN 162 (T Chiota 92). UCT 163/5 (O Humphries 2-27). UCT won by 5 wickets.

Day 4: Cape Peninsula 142/6 (O Humphries 2-27). UKZN 144/6 (T Chiota 77, R Gouveia 27, B Jones 26). UKZN won by 5 wickets.

Day 3: UKZN 191/7 (R Gouveia 52, O Humphries 39, D van Wyk 34). Vaal University of Technology 124 (N Harridave 3-29, B Baines 2-10, N Tsvanhu 2-6). UKZN won by 57 runs (D/L Method).

USSA XI: Pite van Biljon (captain, NMMU), Omphile Ramela (vice-captain Maties), Rudi Second (NMMU), Michael Price (NMMU), Pieter Daneel (Maties), Leon Nel (Tuks), Nicky van der Bergh (Pukke), Juanre van Wyk (UFS), Corbyn Dolley (NMMU), Gino Vries (UFS), Gershwin Rabie (UWC), Rowan Richards (UWC), Robert van der Ross (UWC).

KZN Coastal: Pierre de Bruyn (captain), Fabian Crowie, Greg Fotheringham, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo, Michael Alexander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Buckthorpe, Saidi Mlongo, Nicholas Hewer, Vyash Gobind. Coach: Sakhele Simon.

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