Weather gods not kind to KZN Inland cricket this past weekend

2010-10-27 00:00

ALL the KZN Inland Premier League fixtures were decimated by the weekend weather and players will be hoping the weather gods smile on them this Sunday.

It was also a frustrating weekend for the cream of the province’s club cricketers, as KZN Inland met Western Province in the plum fixture at Newlands in Cape Town from Thursday and the top players were desperate for some time in the middle.

This Sunday, third-placed Midlands meet fourth-placed K&L at Eston and second-ranked Zingari take on joint fifth-placed Young Natalians at Collegians Club. Last-placed Cosmos, the newcomers who are making a good go of it despite the results so far, face seventh-placed Lancashire in the basement clash at Khan Road, and the most attractive tussle sees last season’s champions Varsity — in a disappointing joint-fifth place — against this season’s current top dogs Standard at the Varsity Oval.

Varsity’s hard-hitting but illness-plagued KZN Dolphins MTN40 squad member, Glen Addicott, should return unscathed from Friday’s day/night bash with the Cape Cobras at Kingsmead, and fellow Dolphins SuperSport Series player Brad Moses will be back for the students, while Standard should have in their ranks the in-form new signing Devon Conway and loyal club man Kyle Nipper, who are also in the Dolphins group for Friday in Durban.

Meanwhile, KZN Inland U19 head coach Paul Atkins is taking the team to face Free State in Bloemfontein from November 5 to 7, and to Kimberley for the Griquas clash from November 25 to 27 before the Maritzburg Oval hosts KZN Coastal in the provincial derby from December 2 to 4.

Atkins also takes Inland to the Khaya Majola U19 Coke Week in Bloemfontein from December 17 to 22 and is assistant coach of the KZN Dolphins U19 team for the franchises’ Cubs Week in Stellenbosch from January 3 to 7, so it’s a busy few months ahead for the Inland employee.

In KZN Premier 60 action, just one match went all the way, DHS Rhythm’s new all-rounder SJ Erwee consolidating last week’s performance with bat and ball with four for 37 against basement dwellers African Warriors in his side’s six-wicket win.

On current form, Erwee is banging on the KZN Coastal selectors’ door for a recall.

Rhythm top the log and reigning champions Crusaders, who suffered a surprisingly heavy 99-run loss to third-placed Delta last weekend, lie fourth, eight points off the pace.

It’s not a good place to be for the National Club Championship finalists, who will count themselves unfortunate that they allowed Free State Varsity to get the better of them in the final a short while ago.

The question of African Warriors’ permanent retrenchment in the Premier Division must be questioned. They have come last by a country mile each season, yet by competition rule they cannot be relegated.

Every team goes through a lean spell, but in African Warriors’ case it is beyond terminal.

Yes, it is imperative that cricket at this level must be fostered, but the African Warriors model is not working.

The KZN Cricket Union must re-think where the African Warriors process is going. The public’s viewpoint is that it’s going nowhere.

Perhaps linking promising players to the more successful clubs with good structures would provide these players with an opportunity to grow their game instead of floundering in nowhere land.

Targeted coaching of promising players is perhaps another option. Maybe this is happening, but the results over the past five seasons at least, suggest otherwise.

RESULTS

KZN Coastal Premier 60: African Warriors 106 all out (S. Erwee four for 37, A. Razak four for 21) DHS Rhythm 107 for four (R. Reeves 43). DHS Rhythm won by 6 wickets.

The others were washed out.

FIXTURES

KZN Inland: Midlands vs K&L (Eston); Zingari vs Young Natalians (Collegians); Cosmos vs Lancashire (Khan Road); Varsity vs Standard (Varsity).

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