Top Six League: Standard and Midlands in race for Inland title and provincial honours

2012-03-09 00:00

AFTER a three-week break, the KZN Inland Top Six League returns on Sunday with defending champs Standard and challengers Midlands in a race for the title — and the chance to represent the province at the National Club Championships at season-end.

Standard are two points ahead of the Eston-based Midlands side, but the farmers have a priceless game in hand.

This Sunday and then March 25 see the final rounds of league matches, while Midlands have still to play a postponed game against Northern Natal — to be played on March 18.

It was a match that was scheduled in the first stage of the season when the competition was an eight-team event that featured the Ladysmith-based Northern Natal and Newcastle’s Northern Districts before the competition broke into a Top Six and Northern Natal league for the second half of the season.

Third-placed Zingari could do Standard — their neighbours across Aberfeldy Road — a huge favour by denying Midlands points at Collegians Club on Sunday, while Midlands will be hoping Lancashire do the same to the Standard outfit when they clash at Woodlands. The remaining Top Six encounter sees Varsity hosting Young Natalians.

KZN Inland’s next Provincial Challenge round takes place from March 15 — when they face Northerns in Pretoria — before they host North West at the Maritzburg Oval in their final round of three-day and 50-over matches a week later.

Meanwhile, the Northern Natal league sees log leaders Dundee at home to second-placed Northern Districts and third-paced Ladysmith entertaining bottom club Estcourt.

In Durban, Crusaders coasted to the KZN Coastal Premier League title with a 131-run defeat of Topham to finish the league seven points ahead of runners-up Chatsworth Sporting.



KZN Inland Top 6 (played 10 unless stated): 1 Standard (39 points); 2 Midlands (9) 37 pts; 3 Zingari 30 pts; 4 Varsity 21 pts; 5 Lancashire 16 pts; 6 Young Natalians 11 pts.

Northern Natal league: (all played 3): 1 Dundee 10 pts; 2 Northern Districts 7 pts; 3 Ladysmith 7 pts; 4 Estcourt 4 pts.

KZN Coastal (final log positions, all played 18):

1 Crusaders 64 pts; 2 Chatsworth Sporting 57 pts; 3 Berea Rovers 53 pts; 4 DHS Rhythm 50 pts; 5 Topham 42 pts; 6 Delta 39 pts; 7 African Warriors 36 pts; 8 Pinetown 27 pts; 9 Chatsworth United 26 pts; 10 (Durban) Collegians 15 pts.



(Final round of KZN Coastal Premier league): • DHS Rhythm 343 for six (Greg Ford 117, Tyler Trenoweth 92, Matthew Redinger 92). African Warriors 153. Rhythm won by 190 runs.

• Berea Rovers 272 (Mark Matthew Airey 65, Keagan Eccles 60; Tyron Koen 4-45). Collegians 196 for eight. Rovers won by 76 runs.

• Chatsworth Sporting 177 (Rishen Ramlugan 60, Thandi Tshabalala 40). Pinetown 107 (Vyash Gobind 3-34). Sporting won by 70 runs.

• Delta 200 (Husain Badat 51; Vernon Moodley 4-23). Chatsworth United 202 for three (Tegan Naidoo 51). United won by 7 wickets.

• Crusaders 259 for seven (Riaan Minnie 113). Topham 128 (Nicholas Hewer 4-48). Saders won by 131 runs.

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