Zondo’s Coastals chasing Western Province up the log

2011-03-15 00:00

A MOST productive weekend saw KZN Coastal climb up both the Provincial Challenge three-day and 40-over ladders.

Namibia were their victims in Chatsworth as captain Khaya Zondo’s lads won Sunday’s 40-over match by 27 runs following the decisive seven-wicket win in the three-day encounter that ended on Saturday.

In the 40-over match — and with top-order wickets falling at regular intervals — David Miller hit a circumspect 57 off 80 balls, including four boundaries.

The in-form all-rounder Keegan Eccles smashed 47 off 30 in the latter stages of the innings, including five fours and a six, while Namibia’s impressive opening bowler, Louis Klazinga, took three for 35 off eight, Christi Viljoen two for 38 and Bernard Scholtz two for 25.

In their weather-interrupted innings, Namibia eventually faced an adjusted Duckworth/Lewis target of 195 off 35 overs and were 167 for eight at match end, Gerhard Rudolph getting 56 and Norbert Manyande left unbeaten on 34.

The irrepressible Eccles captured four wickets for 35 runs.

In the three-dayer, leg-spinner Abdul Haq Razak continued his excellent recent form with match figures of eight for 135 to spearhead Coastal’s victory charge, while Cody Chetty stood out with the bat.

Western Province top the Provincial Challenge 40-over table with 44 points from 11 matches, and Coastal are second on 33 from 10.

KZN Inland are 14th and last on the log with 15 points from 12.

Gauteng top the three-day table with 173 points from 12 matches, KZN Coastal are eighth with 101 from 10, while KZN Inland are in 10th place with 94 from 12.

Next up, Coastal host WP in Durban from Thursday while KZN Inland wrap up their season against North West in Potchefstroom.

After the WP clash, Coastal’s flurry of late-season fixtures sees them off to Bloemfontein (Free State) and Pretoria (Northerns) on successive weekends.

SCORES IN BRIEF

40-over: KZN Coastal 218 in 39.1 ov (David Miller 57, Keegan Eccles 47; Louis Klazinga 3-35, Christi Viljoen 2-38, Bernard Scholtz 2-25). Namibia 167/8 in 35 ov (Gerhard Rudolph 56, Norbert Manyande 34*; K Eccles 4-35). KZN Coastal won by 27 runs (D/L adjusted target of 195). Points: Coastal 4 Namibia 0.

3-Day: Namibia 1st inn 213 (Craig Williams 51, Gerrie Snyman 43, N Manyande 38*; K Eccles 3-39, Abdul Haq Razak 4-59, Byron Whatmore 2-47). KZN Coastal 1st inn 301 (Divan van Wyk 33, Khaya Zondo 33, Cody Chetty 81*, Cameron Delport 57, Razak 32; Kola Burger 3-69, Scholtz 4-69). Namibia 2nd inn 183 (Louis van der Westhuizen 63; Whatmore 3-46, Razak 4-76, Zondo 2-29). Coastal 2nd inn 97/3 (Van Wyk 25, Chetty 23*; Burger 2-34). KZN Coastal won by 7 wkts. Points: Coastal 18.4 Namibia 7.26.

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