Surprise win for Uthungulu against Crusaders in only game played

2014-11-27 00:00

ONCE again, rain washed out all but one KZNCU Premier League fixture at the weekend, with defending champions ­Crusaders and Uthungulu the only teams able to beat the ­conditions.

While the weather may have been dull, spirits in the ­Uthungulu camp were at an all-time high as the men from up north pulled off a surprise ­one-wicket win in a tense affair at Addison Park.

Uthungulu vs Crusaders

Batting first, Crusaders reached 185 all out in difficult conditions, a total that would test the Uthungulu batsmen in their chase.

SA U19 batsmen Greg Oldfield was Crusaders’ top scorer, reaching a well-constructed 57, but he failed to build on his ­foundation as runs were hard to come by.

Bevan Williams contributed 47 and was the only other ­Crusaders’ batsman to contribute. Uthungulu’s attack was ably lead by Ryan Smith who finished with 4-39 in 7.5 overs.

Uthungulu’s chase was built around Eugene Zwart whose ­undefeated 49 was pivotal in getting his side across the line with a single wicket in hand.

Crusaders 185 (Oldfield 57, Williams 47; Smith 4-39)

Uthungulu 186-9 (Zwart 49*)

Uthungulu won by 1 wicket.


African Warriors vs Berea Rovers

Washed out.

Chatsworth United 27-3 (Govender 3-7) vs Chatsworth Sporting

Washed out.

Delta vs Pinetown

Washed out.

DHS Rhythm 52-0 vs Topham

Washed out.


With all sides having played eight matches, Crusaders are leading the way with 29 points despite their loss at the weekend.

Berea Rovers are second with 28, followed by Uthungulu on 26. The rest of the log is Topham 20, Pinetown 15, African Warriors 14, Sporting 13, Delta 13, United 10 and Rhythm six points.

Fixtures (Sunday)

Crusaders vs Topham — Crusaders 1

Berea Rovers vs DHS Rhythm — Lutherfield, Kloof

Delta vs Chatsworth United, Tills

Pinetown vs Uthungulu — Lahee Park

Chatsworth Sporting vs African Warriors — Chatsworth Oval.

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