Zingari’s Brown brothers destroy Midlands

2011-01-21 00:00

THERE was no stopping the Brown brothers, Gareth and Lyndon, as Zingari thrashed Midlands by 10 wickets at the Eston Country Club over the weekend.

This result characterised the KZN Inland Premier League fixtures as each side that batted first was skittled, leaving their opponents the relatively easy task of going for what were emphatic victories.

All-rounder Suhail Razack was in devastating form for K&L in their match against Cosmos in Ladysmith, as he snapped up four wickets and made 48, while Nathan Roberts and Duncan Keal took seven wickets between them as title favourites Standard outplayed Lancashire at the Michael Patricks Oval in Woodlands.

Defending champions Varsity were also the beneficiaries of a lopsided result as the beefy Gavin Jelley and Tafadzwa Chiota took advantage of Young Natalians’ modest total to guide the campus-based club to a nine-wicket win at the Varsity Oval.

But Jelley and Chiota will be the first to admit that the real heroes of the students’ big win were Narvaar Harridave (4-19) and Mtobisi Nzimande (4-17) who demolished any hope the Natalians had of posting a formidable target.

On Sunday, KZN Inland Premier 40 action continues, with the plum fixture between Zingari and Lancs at Woodlands, while Midlands host Standard.

Khan Road is the venue for the Young Natalians/K&L dust-up, and Varsity are at home to Premier League newcomers Cosmos.

Down in Durban, the KZN Coastal Premier 50 competition still has frontrunners DHS Rhythm (45 points) and reigning champs Crusaders (42 points) in a titanic tussle for the title, with nothing much to separate them after 11 matches.

Berea Rovers downed the hapless African Warriors and this predictable outcome leaves Warriors still marooned on two points after 11 games.

One has to question whether Warriors, essentially a combined club team for promising black South Africans, has any future at this level.

Year in and year out they prop up the table and surely another way has to be found of integrating these players into a more productive set-up that will fast track rather than hinder their development.

That Warriors cannot be relegated is a cause for great dissatisfaction in many cricket circles in Durban and their protected status has done nothing to improve their image.

Twinning two or three of these players with each of the top clubs would surely be a more coherent way of giving the talented youngsters a chance to get somewhere.

Round two of KZN Coastal Premier 50 continues Sunday.



KZN Inland Premier League

At Woodlands: Lancashire 71 (Nathan Roberts 4-12, Duncan Keal 3-13). Standard 73 for 4. Standard won by 6 wickets.

At Eston: Midlands 58 (Lyndon Brown 5-11). Zingari 59 for no wicket (Gareth Brown 34 not out). Zingari won by 10 wickets.

At Ladysmith: Cosmos 111 (Stanton Govender 30, Suhail Razack 4-29). K&L 112 for 3 (Suhail Razack 48, Shaun Fourie 34). K&L won by 7 wickets.

At Varsity: Young Natalians 94 (Sam Holden 33, Narvaar Harridave 4-19, Mtobisi Nzimande 4-17). Varsity 97 for 1 (Tafadzwa Chihota 35 not out, Gavin Jelly 34 not out). Varsity won by 9 wickets.


KZN Coastal Premier 50

Berea Rovers 231 for eight (R. Vaughan, D. Love 39). African Warriors 158 (D. Horsfall three for 46). Berea Rovers won by 73 runs.

Crusaders 278 (G. Hodnett 144, S. Dixon 59*, S. Reddy six for 68). Chatsworth Sporting 125 (D. Reddy 42, M. Johnson three for 17). Crusaders won by 153 runs.

Chatsworth United 145 (D. Soobramoney 50, W. Morrick three for 45, T. Henderson three for 41, K. Gilham three for 20). Pinetown 149 for seven (B. Kruger 45, J. Bezuidenhout 74*, V. Moodley three for 42). Pinetown won by 3 wickets.

Delta 143 for nine. Topham 144 for six (K. Nagan 34*, M. Patel 32, S. Bissoon three for 42). Topham won by 4 wickets.

Toti 56 (B. Scullard three for 10). DHS Rhythm 58 without loss. DHS Rhythm won by 10 wickets.



KZN Inland Premier 40

Midlands vs Standard (Eston); Young Natalians vs K&L (Khan Rd); Varsity vs Cosmos (Varsity); Lancs vs Zingari (Woodlands).

KZN Coastal Premier 50

Crusaders vs Berea Rovers (Crusaders 1); DHS Rhythm vs Delta (DHSOB); Chatsworth Sporting vs African Warriors (Kingsmead Oval). Topham vs Chatsworth United (Chats Oval); Toti vs Pinetown (Toti).

KZN Coastal 50 log (all played 11): 1 DHS Rhythm 45 points; 2 Saders 42 pts; 3 Pinetown 33 pts; 4 Rovers 29 pts; 5 Chats Sporting 28 pts; Delta 28 pts; Topham 28 pts; 8 Chats Utd 12 pts; 9 Toti 8 pts; 10 African Warriors 2 pts.

* The KZN Inland Premier log was unavailable.

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