Weekend club cricket washed out by rain

2013-10-31 00:00

TWO words summed up the state of club cricket in and around Durban at the weekend, as soaking rain played havoc with fixtures in the Premier and Challenge leagues.

“Washed out” was the order of the day, as not a single match was possible. All teams shared the points and for some sides it was frustrating. While some points are better than nothing, there is always the possibility that a full house of valuable points, perhaps even a bonus point, could have been reaped.

Berea Rovers were looking to get back to winning ways against Delta, after the previous week’s loss via the Duckworth/Lewis method to Durban North rivals Crusaders, while in the Challenge League, Pinetown were keen to maintain their momentum with a drive to Toti to meet Aman­zimtoti Cricket Club (ACC).

It is left to the imagination to wonder at the prospects that could have been, but players are resigned to the fact that all rests in the hands of the weather gods and it’s back to the drawing board for the next round of matches.

Looking at the Premier League log, Crusaders top the standings with 20 points — each side has played five matches — with Rovers three points adrift on 17. Crusaders have been boosted with five points from a query relating to their first game of the season, leaving Rovers with all the work to do.

There is a mid-table battle taking shape between Chatsworth United, Delta, DHS Rhythm and Topham, all on 13 points, while the bottom half offers its unique angle with African Warriors (8), Uthungulu (7), Chatsworth Sporting (4) and Southern Natal (2) all fighting to progress up the ladder.

In the Challenge League (Stream 1), UKZN stand tall on 19 points, two ahead of the chasing pack consisting of ACC (17) and Pinetown (17).

Simplex are next best on 16 points and the jostling for position in this league is between Quins, Dawn Heights and Umzinto, all on eight points.

Verulam have six points and Hillary-Malvern prop up proceedings with two points.

This weekend, club cricket takes a breather, with all leagues enjoying a bye before strapping on the pads and shining the ball to resume action on November 10.

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