Standard still feel they’re in with a shout as Midlands and Varsity go toe-to-toe

2010-03-12 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland Premier League goes down to the wire this Sunday when log leaders Midlands meet second-placed Varsity at Eston Country Club.

Just 2,6 points separate the two sides after 13 rounds and in essence this last-round match is like a final.

However, Standard, the defending champions might feel they are still in the race as a 10-point win they earned has been withheld on a technicality, and the decision to grant the points or not has still to be made. Should those 10 points be granted, as appears likely, then Standard are just four points behind Varsity and 6,6 points behind Midlands.

It is a long shot, but if Standard, who meet Zingari at Wanderers Club on Sunday, can put together a comprehensive outright win and if, for whatever reason, the match at Eston is drawn, they might just retain their title and with it another tilt at National Club Champs later this year.

In the other Inland Premier 60 fixtures on Sunday, Lancashire host Northern Districts at Woodlands and Young Natalians meet K&L at the Maritzburg Oval.

Meanwhile, KZN Coastal beat Gauteng by 99 runs in their Women’s Provincial League semi-final in Lenasia.

Denisha Devnarain led from the front as she scored 41 to help KZN to 205.

Gauteng were bowled out for 106, Chloe Tryonne the chief destroyer with three for 33. Rasika Maharaj and Nicole Nel backed her by taking three and two wickets respectively.

Coastal coach Horatius Sokhanyile was proud of his girls. “They know that this is a team sport. It is all about building partnerships, working together and complementing each other,” he said.

The final takes place next Saturday when KZN host Western Province in Durban.


Inland Premier 60: Young Natalians vs Varsity at Varsity (Varsity won by 9 wkts): Young Natalians scored 33 all out in 22 overs (Oliver Humphries 8-6-7-3, Donald Baines 4-2-10-3). Varsity scored 35 for 1.

K&L vs Standard at Ladysmith (Standard won by 8 wkts): K&L scored 75 all out in 34 overs (Sean Izzard 12-4-24-8). Standard scored 76 for 2 in 10 overs (Juan Pretorius 32).

ND vs Midlands at Newcastle (Midlands won by 10 wkts): ND scored 83 all out in 41.1 overs. Midlands scored 84 without loss in 12.5 overs (Clint Lock 55*).

Lancashire vs Zingari at Woodlands (Lancashire won by 17 runs): Lancashire scored 206 for 6 in 60 overs (Kivershan Padayachee 52, Warren Naidoo 69; Michael Gerrard 4-35). Zingari scored 190 all out in 54.3 overs (Jacques Pienaar 33; Mohammed Suleman 14.3-0-41-4

Renoir Patricks 7-0-35-3).

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