Rain stops play as Durban’s club cricket season starts

2014-10-02 00:00

RIGHT on cue, the spring rain arrived last Sunday as the scheduled club cricket season got under way in and around Durban.

Months of clear skies and baking sun were put on the back-burner as overcast skies brought incessant drizzle which curtailed all but two matches.

In the Premier Division, the only result was in the Uthungulu/Chatsworth Sporting clash, with the lads from up north winning on a superior run rate.

Everywhere else, rain washed out any hope of a decent game, with the sides having to settle for a share of the points.

This included the eagerly anticipated Durban derby between rivals Berea Rovers and Crusaders. Although the match did get under way, it allowed only Crusaders to complete their innings and claim one Rovers wicket in reply.

Pinetown’s return to the top flight against African Warriors at Lahee Park saw the hosts asked to bat first, with only four overs being bowled before the players left the field. They returned for another 1.1 overs and returned to the pavilion for a two-hour wait before umpires finally decided to bow to the elements and call it a day.

Chatsworth United followed the same procedure against the visiting Topham side, with the sides waiting until 2 pm before heading home. At one point there was a possibility that a 20/20 match would suffice, but as the covers were pulled from the pitch, the weather gods displayed their disapproval and put a stop to any hope of cricket being played.

As a result of the weather, the log sees Uthungulu on top with four points and all the other sides, bar Chatsworth Sporting, locked at two points.

This weekend, there are no fixtures, with some clubs staying in shape with friendly matches.

In the Challenge Stream 1 division, Clares and UKZN managed to beat the rain and post strong opening wins against Southern Natal and Umzinto, respectively.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Javier Frost’s unbeaten 172 for Clares against Umzinto, on an otherwise dull and uninspiring day.

Premier League Results (September 27)

Pinetown vs African Warriors

washed out

Crusaders 194-8 (Van Heerden 60)

Berea Rovers 35-1

washed out

Uthungulu 184-9 (Rode 51, Zwart 33, Munsamy 4-40)

Chatsworth Sporting 136-8 (Divan van Wyk 31, Bezuidenhoudt 33)

Uthungulu won on a better run rate

Chatsworth United vs Topham

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Delta 96-4 (Maharaj 42) vs DHS Rhythm

washed out

Challenge Stream 1

Simplex RHCSC 147 (Laghari 80) vs ACC

washed out

Southern Natal 86 (Muthusamy 3-15)

UKZN 87-0 (Wissing 42*, Bhayla 40*)

UKZN won by 10 wkts

Hillary Malvern 233-4 vs Umbilo Harlequins 97-4 (Edwards 42*)

washed out

Clares 305-6 (Frost 172*, Agnew 51, Ismail 3-43)

Umzinto 92 (Yacoob 4-33, Botha 3-2)

Clares won by 213 runs.

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