Varsity exact revenge on high-riding Lancs

2009-12-02 00:00

THE bubble burst for high-riding Woodlands-based club Lancashire’s first XI when the returning KZN Inland players boosted the province’s former Premier 60 champions, Varsity, to a crushing 155-run win at Varsity Oval at the weekend.

With two Inland Premier 45-over wins under their belt against Zingari and Varsity respectively in the last two matches, Lancs have been playing good cricket, but Varsity were intent on exacting revenge in this Premier 60 clash.

Inland top order batsman Glen Addicott revealed his rich talent in his knock of 117 and confirmed the reason so many supporters believe he is close to stepping up to Dolphins standard.

Then it was the turn of Inland front men Narvaar Harridave (4/19), who has made a big advance this season, and Oliver Humphries (3/14) to knock over the Lancs batting line-up for 73 in an innings that lasted just over two hours, and was a far cry from the 229 needed for victory.

Young Natalians suffered another depressing defeat, this time a 10-wicket drubbing at the hands of Zingari, who shot out the home side at Khan Road for just 37. Inland opening bowler Richard Hlela took the bulk of the wickets with English cricketer Mark Williams and Lyndon Brown doing much of the rest. Yet again the question arises, what good is this sort of mismatch doing for either club’s first XI players, never mind those who are playing for the provincial side, like Hlela?

Ladysmith side K&L were also outplayed, although they at least managed to reach 134 against the competitive Midlands line-up at Eston. Inland seamer Kimeshan Chetty bagged four K&L scalps with Mark Haselau, who seems to have been playing top league cricket forever, picking up three. Former Inland captain Murray Hampson dominated the Midlands reply with an unbeaten half-century as Midlands rollicked along at almost six to the over to end with a seven-wicket victory.

At Wanderers, Northern Districts went down by five wickets to champions Standard, although the margin of victory could have been greater had the home batsmen not tried to reach the 109-run target in double-quick time.

With Brent Bragge leading the way, Standard certainly did, while Inland left-arm spinner Kyle Nipper earlier took a remarkable five wickets for five runs and was ably supported by Stu Tarr’s three for 27 as Northern District’s Clifford Dougherty (51) was the only visiting batsmen to get any measure of the home attack.

The inter-district match between Maritzburg Cricket Association’s XI and their Durban and District opponents was one-sided in the end, the visitors to the PMB Oval taking a meagre 34 overs to haul in the MCA’s 211-run target.

Still, there was some good cheer for MCA with Calvin Savage’s solid all-round performance and Andile Dlamini’s 81.

RESULTS

Inland Premier 60: Varsity 228 in 56.1 overs (Glen Addicott 117; Jomo Mbili 2-14).

Lancashire 73 in 34 overs (Narvaar Harridave 4-19, Oliver Humphries 3-14). Varsity won by 155 runs.

Young Natalians 37 in 22.2 overs (Richard Hlela 4-14, Mark Williams 2-5, Lyndon Brown 2-13). Zingari 40/0. Zingari won by 10 wkts.

K&L 134 in 36.3 overs (Kimeshan Chetty 4-22, Mark Haselau 3-35). Midlands 136/3 in 25 overs (Ross Haines 31, Murray Hampson 54 *). Midlands won by 7 wkts.

Northern Districts 108 in 33 overs (Clifford Dougherty 51; Kyle Nipper 5-5, Stu Tarr 3-27). Standard 109 for 5 in 18 overs (Brent Bragge 49*; Jackie Delport 2-31). Standard won by 5 wkts.

Inter-district: MCA 210/7 in 60 overs (Andile Dlamini 81, Calvin Savage 62; Zain Patel 3-52). DDCU 213/2 in 41.2 overs (Ashraf Moosa 81*, Fabien Crowie 109; Savage 2-52). Durban won by 8 wkts.

FIXTURES

Inland Premier 60: Lancashire vs Standard (Woodlands); Young Natalians vs Midlands (PMB Oval); Northern Districts vs Zingari (Newcastle).

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