Quandrangular cricket weekend delivers the goods

2015-02-26 00:00

THIS past weekend saw the second ­Mascor Midlands Country Districts Cricket Quandrangular being played, with players from Kokstad to Kranskop representing the four sides — Midlands North (Noodsberg, Mooi River), ­Midlands South (Eston, Richmond), East Griqualand (Kokstad, Swartberg, Harding) and Southern Districts (Ixopo, Creighton, Underberg).

Fixtures started with two T20 ­matches at Varsity 1 on Friday afternoon, with 45-over clashes played at Richmond and Eston on Saturday and Sunday.

Once the dust had settled, Midlands South could afford to celebrate and enjoy bragging rights, winning all three of their encounters.

However, there were excellent ­performances from all teams throughout the weekend and despite strong rain on Saturday night — much to the ­satisfaction of all the farmers — all games ended in a result.

Having proved its popularity and success over the past two years, organisers are hoping teams from the South Coast, Zululand and Northern KwaZulu-Natal can be lured into swelling the numbers.

In the past, the Natal Country Districts Week saw teams battling over five tough days, with the Natal Country Districts and Natal Mynahs Country Districts teams selected to play at the SA Country Districts Week where a national SA Country Districts team were selected.

One of the system’s most recognisable figures in world cricket, Lance Klusener, was a product of the Country Districts Weeks.


Friday, February 20

(T20) at Varsity 1

Midlands South 137-8

Midlands North 103

Midlands South won by 34 runs.

East Griqualand 154-6 (Walker-Randall 52)

Southern Districts 156-4 (MacArthur 80)

Southern Districts won by 6 wickets.

Saturday, February 1 (45 overs)

At Eston: Midlands South 340-6 (Hampson 210*; Rossler 4-72)

East Griqualand 133-2 (Mannix 36*)

Rain stopped play — Midlands South won on run rate.

At Richmond: Southern Districts 214 (MacArthur 54; Briscoe 2-36, Brande 2-40, Walker 2-29, Burger 2-23)

Midlands North 218-1 (Pelser 120*, Burger 56*)

Midlands North won by 9 wickets.

Sunday 22 February (45 overs)

At Eston: Midlands South 253-9 (Lock 100; Humphries 3-26, Hancock 3-47, Cheeseman 2-43)

Southern Districts 224-9 (Humphries 78; Bronkhorst 4-31, Lock 2-62)

Midlands South won by 29 runs.

At Richmond: Midlands North 205-7 (Van Rooyen 80; Rossler 3-40, Shand 2-32)

Southern Districts 156 (Van Rooyen 3-13, Vaughn-Davies 2-2, Patterson 3-30)

Midlands North won by 49 runs.

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