New signings and revamped Premier League keep KZN Inland abuzz

2013-10-03 00:00

THE off-season has certainly not been a quiet time at the KZN Inland Cricket Union offices and exciting new signings as well as a revamped Premier League is proof.

In a wide-ranging interview with KZN Inland president Yunus Bhamjee, The Witnes s has learnt that both the senior provincial side, as well as the Premier League clubs have been significantly boosted.

Captain of the successful Gauteng side, productive all-rounder Shane Burger, is the new skipper of the Inland team while another highly accomplished cricketer from Johannesburg, seam bowler Graham Hume, has also put his hand up for Inland’s 2013/14 season. Another new face is young fast bowler Matthew Pillans from Pretoria, who is said to have been clocked at over 140 km/h.

“We also have four seasoned Dolphins campaigners who will be available for Inland when not required for franchise duty,” said a visibly pleased Bhamjee. “In former captain and top-order batsman Imraan Khan, fellow batter Divan van Wyk, out-and-out paceman Craig Alexander and the deceptively quick former SA left-arm swing bowler Yusuf Abdulla we have the ideal mix.”

Returning to the KZN capital from Durban are the former Inland bowlers, right-arm and left-arm quickies Kimeshan Chetty and Athie Maposa, while former county cricketer Mark Rosenberg is also available.

Current Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk, older brother of Divan, was reportedly also interested in playing for Inland if the opportunity arose, but it is not to be.

Bhamjee said the Inland players have been allocated with care by head coach Grant Morgan to the Inland Premier League clubs in a bid to facilitate a strength-versus-strength scenario.

The Premier League has also been increased from six to eight clubs, one of the newcomers being a new combined Northern KZN side that has players from Ladysmith, Newcastle, Dundee, Vryheid and the environs eligible to play for it.

The other club is Masibemunye, who have played in the Maritzburg Cricket Association leagues for some time.

“We are looking at rebuilding club cricket,” said Bhamjee. “A consideration is appointing coaches and administrators to the clubs, and at the moment the union is looking at the logistics involved.”

Bhamjee said a closer relationship with the schools is also being encouraged, while the union is also considering various options with respect to the Fine Leg coffee shop at the PMB Oval, which in the meantime will operate as a tuck shop during provincial matches.

Meanwhile, the KZN Coastal Premier League has begun and there were some decisive victories and individual performances.

KZN talent Keshav Maharaj took three for seven after making 52 as Chatsworth United demolished African Warriors by 131 runs. Byron Whatmore and Anthony Abeit shot out Uthungulu for just 71 before attacking Dolphins batter Cameron Delport piloted Berea Rovers to a crushing victory.

A good all-round display saw DHS Rhythm outplay Chatsworth Sporting, and Delta demolished Southern Natal. The Crusaders versus Topham match is under query, while the KZN Women’s League fixtures were sadly washed out.


KZN Coastal Premier League

Chatsworth United 234 for six (Nazeer Mahomed 36, Tennai Mushoriwa 37, Darren Govender 51*, Keshav Maharaj 52). African Warriors 103 (Keshav Maharaj 8-3-7-3). Chatsworth United won by 131 runs

Uthungulu 71 (Byron Whatmore 7.2-1-14-4, Anthony Abeit 6-0-28-3). Berea Rovers 74 for one (Cameron Delport 54*). Berea Rovers won by 9 wickets.

Chatsworth Sporting 112 (Kieran Reddy 4-0-11-3). DHS Rhythm 116 for three (Greg Ford 34, Grant Hodnett 40, Lance Padayachee 6-0-26-3). DHS Rhythm won by 7 wickets.

Crusaders vs Topham: Match under query.

Southern Natal 100 (Kushen Kishun 8.4-3-14-3, Javier Frost 8-0-28-3). Delta 103 for three (Ravi Reddy 46*). Delta won by 7 wickets.

KZN Women’s League

Chatsworth Sporting vs Berea Rovers (Washed Out); Chatsworth United vs Hillary Malvern (Washed Out); African Warriors vs Phoenix (Washed Out).

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