What a washout

2012-10-25 00:00

THERE has been a palpable feeling of frustration among KZN club cricketers in recent times, as the weather gods have not smiled on them.

The recent round of matches was completely washed out, other than two KZN Coastal Premier 50 clashes that at least got off the ground before the heavens opened once more.

For grounds staff across the province, the incessant rain has made it almost impossible to prepare pitches, and this week hasn’t been much different. Players and administrators are holding thumbs that the plentiful action scheduled for this weekend will come off, but no one is holding their breath.

Friday heralds the opening round of KZN Premier League Intercity T20 matches, with Midlands taking on Zingari at 4 pm on the splendid Maritzburg Varsity Oval, in the Peter Booysen Sports Park, off Golf Road, before Woodlands-based club Lancashire’s first XI tackle Durban’s quality Berea Rovers outfit at 7 pm.

KZN Inland and KZN Coastal Premier 50-over matches are due to take place on Sunday, as is the KZN Women’s 35-over competition, in which the KZN capital’s Maritzburg Cricket Association XI have a double header against Durban sides Simplex RHCHC and Hillary Malvern respectively, at the Siripat number two field in the morning and Fairfield Park, in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the KZN Inland side are well into their three weeks of training after a CSA Provincial Competition fixtures break for captain Kyle Nipper’s boys. They should be willing and fresh when they take on South Western Districts in their next outing, which takes place at the Maritzburg Oval from November 8 to November 11.

The talk of the competition has been SWD pulling off a major upset in beating three-day log leaders Western Province by an innings and 54 runs at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.

The tiny SWD province were given provisional Affiliate Union recognition by Cricket South Africa not too long ago. This gives hope to another relatively small union, like KZN Inland, that the transition from Associate to Affiliate status, where funds from CSA to the union are far more substantial, can be accomplished.

As far as the 2012/13 title races are concerned, WP top the CSA Provincial three-day log, followed by Eastern Province and Boland, while KZN Coastal are currently in ninth place out of the 14 teams and KZN Inland in 11th position.

The 50-over log has North West on top, followed by EP and Border, with KZN Inland occupying seventh spot and KZN Coastal in 10th position.

KZN Coastal are entertaining Border at Chatsworth Oval this weekend.

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