Club rivals Zingari and Standard meet on the pitch this weekend

2014-10-16 00:00

LAST Sunday’s matches were washed out by the weekend’s inclement weather and the KZN capital’s club cricketers will be hoping the same doesn’t occur this time round.

The good news is that the weather forecast suggests it’s going to be pretty decent at the weekend.

Varsity host Masibemunye at the Varsity Oval on Sunday in a Maritzburg Cricket Association Premier Division I (top tier) 50-over match, with the other encounter seeing old rivals, the century-old Zingari at home at Collegians to neighbours Standard, who are also over 100 years old.

Sunday’s Maritzburg Cricket Association Premier Division II (second-tier) clashes have third-placed Cosmos facing second-placed Young Natalians at Carter High School, and fourth-placed Lanca­shire hosting front-runners Maritzburg Cricket Club (MCC) at the Michael Patricks Oval in Woodlands.

Masibemunye, who have the successful KZN Inland captain Shane Burger and seamer Graham Hume in their midst, are equal top of the MCA Premier Division I log alongside Standard, who boast Inland players of the calibre of Dolphins-capped Kyle Nipper and S.J. Erwee in their XI.

Third-placed Varsity includes quality in the likes of hard-hitting batter Matt Hulett, while fourth-placed Zingari have the prolific left-hander Nic Hendrie in the top order.

Young Natalians can call on the skills of Inland fast bowler Matt Pillans, and utility player Mbasa Gqadushe is one of the Inland stars at Young Natalians.

Inland head coach Grant Morgan told The Witness that apart from the MCA leagues, the introduction of the Hub league has made a difference.

Maritzburg is divided into three regions that draw players from the clubs and schools into the respective teams, creating a strength versus strength scenario, while the outlying regions have southern and northern combined sides.

“It provides more quality game time for our best players, but we need everyone to play ball,” said Morgan, before travelling to Pretoria yesterday for a coaching appointment.

“The schools need to release their best players so that they can mix with the senior Inland cricketers,” he said.

KZN Inland Cricket Union clubs and facilities manager Benn Kempster said that club cricket is under constant threat from the theft of the covers that protect the pitches from rainy weather.

“The covers are constantly under threat of being chopped up.

“It is becoming very difficult to ensure our players get in enough matches and we have had to come up with alternative solutions.”


Sunday — MCA Premier Division I (50 over): Varsity vs Masibemunye (Varsity Oval), Zingari vs Standard (Collegian Club).

MCA Premier Division II (50 over): Cosmos vs Young Natalians (Carter High), Lancashire vs Maritzburg Cricket Club (Michael Patricks Oval, Woodlands).

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