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2019-03-27 06:00
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CRICKET

THE KZN Inland team experienced major disappointment in their two fixtures against fellow stragglers Boland at the Pietermaritzburg Oval in recent days.

Their meeting in the CSA Provincial Three-Day Cup was abandoned without a ball bowled and then they were hammered by six wickets in the two sides’ follow-up clash in the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge on Sunday.

Inland could only manage to put 136 on the board, with skipper Luke Schlemmer top scoring with 30, and Boland easily made 139/4 in 29.3 overs, with Ruhan Pretorius taking two wickets for 16 runs from six overs among the home bowlers.

A SENSATIONAL 79 by Chris Gayle and double-strikes by Sam Curran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman at the business end of the innings, propelled the Kings XI Punjab to a close 14-run win against the Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur last night.

Gayle, who broke David Warner’s record to become the fastest player to reach 4 000 runs in the Indian Premier League, powered Kings XI Punjab to 184 for four, while Rajasthan Royals could only manage 170 for nine in reply.

A controversial run-out of Jos Buttler however proved to be pivotal in Punjab’s win. Buttler struck 69 before he was run out in very unusual — and some would say unsporting — fashion when Ravi Ashwin ripped the bails off at the point of delivery after Buttler had backed off too far.

GOLF

PAUL Casey became the first player to successfully defend his Valspar Championship title when he secured a hard-fought one-stroke win over Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Kokrak in Florida on Sunday.

Overnight leader Casey eked out a one-over-par 72 in the final round, which was good enough to fend off his rivals in demanding breezy and firm conditions at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor.

He finished at eight-under 276 for his third victory on the PGA Tour.

Sweet-swinging South African Oosthuizen (69) made a flying start by holing a 25-yard bunker shot for eagle at the first hole, but rued a bogey at the 16th hole.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

OVERALL winner Tyronne White was “stoked” with his first Safire Berg 100 success from Himeville to Nottingham Road at the weekend, especially in such a strong field.

White clocked 3:19:35 for the 100km event, followed by Andrew Johnson in second place and Derrin Smith third in a sprint finish with a millisecond finalising the result, with identical times of 3:19:36.

The women’s winner was Christie-Leigh Hearder in a time of 3:47:44, with Rouxda Grobler second in 4:13:50 and Debbie Thomas third in 4:25:22.

SOCCER

A memorial service for the late Arthur Bartman will took place at 11 am on Wednesday at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

A funeral service for the former goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach will take place in Nahoon, East London, on Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 11 am.

ORLANDO Pirates’ Absa Premiership fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns has been moved from April 27 to April 1, with kick off at 7.30 pm at Orlando Stadium. This follows Nedbank Cup matches this week, which kicked off with Cape Umoya United versing TS Galaxy today.

TENNIS

WORLD number one Novak Djokovic staved off a spirited challenge from Federico Delbonis for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

DEFENDING women’s champion Sloane Stephens was sent packing from the Miami Open on Sunday after a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the third round.

Second seed Simona Halep fought back from a set down to defeat Polona Hercog 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2, while Venus Williams reached the next round with a straight sets win over Daria Kasatkina.

World number three Halep avoided becoming the third major player to exit the women’s draw in two days after world number one Naomi Osaka was stunned by Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Serena Williams withdrew with a knee injury.

She next faces three-time champion Venus Williams in the fourth round after the American won 6-3 6-1 against Russian 14th seed Kasatkina.

— WR, Reuters, AFP.

24 March 2019

Safire Berg 100 – the 2019 winners!

After a few days of wondering would it/wouldn’t it rain, on Saturday a field of 862 keen cyclists headed out of Himeville on a fresh autumn morning in the direction of Nottingham Road, a challenging 100km away, for the 8th Safire Berg 100 event.

The overall winner was Tyronne White, the first to cross the finish line at Bellwood Cottages in a time of 3:19:35, followed by Andrew Johnson in 2nd place and Derrin Smith (3rd) in a sprint finish with a millisecond finalising the result, with identical times of 3:19:36. The ladies’ winners were Christie-Leigh Hearder, first female rider home in a time of 3:47:44, making her 13th rider overall, with Rouxda Grobler 2nd in a time of 4:13:50 and Debbie Thomas 3rd with 4:25:22.

Pietermaritzburg-based Safire Insurance has been the title sponsor since the race started in 2012, with this event one of several that the short-term insurer supports, along with the Baynesfield Classic MTB & Trail event (taking place on 15 September this year). This race is unique in that it swaps its start/finish point annually between the picturesque Midlands villages of Himeville and Nottingham Road, allowing for a new experience each ride. This year, for the first time, MTB riders rubbed shoulders with gravel and E-bikes. The route passes through some of the most stunning scenery in the Midlands, with the 2 100m of climbing making it a race that tests riders of all levels.

Christie-Leigh Hearder says, “The Safire Berg 100 is one of a kind. This was my third race and second time riding from Himeville to Notties. The beauty of this race is that it’s never the same. The weather plays a major role in determining the difficulty level and every year there has been a different challenge to overcome. This is my favourite part of this race – riding 100km sometimes completely alone in tough conditions really teaches you a lot about pushing limits. This year I was lucky enough to be able to keep up with some amazing people; together we pushed through the howling wind and motivated each other to keep digging deep and pushing on. The route is what truly makes this race special, riding through the majestic mountains with streams trickling past as you ride is incredible.”

“We were thrilled with the turnout of over 850 riders. This race has grown from year to year, attracting riders from our local KZN areas as well as from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and also a UK and USA rider!” says race organiser Katie Fogg. “We could not have asked for better conditions – rain a few days before the event kept the dust on the gravel roads to a minimum and compacted the roads for great riding conditions. With a cool crisp autumn start and then a mild warm day we were truly blessed and could not have asked for better! This event brings me much satisfaction and we are excited to be putting on a new event, The HIGHLAND 100 on 21 September in Clarens this year.”

A significant part of the Safire Berg 100 is the impact that it has on the communities that the route passes through. Worthy causes, including Noah’s Ark school in Underberg, Pevensey Place (an assisted living facility), the Underberg School Mastery Unit Outreach programme, and the Lions Bush Conservancy, all benefit from their involvement, either hosting water tables or being part of the shuttle service that gets race participants’ vehicles to the finish line, a very handy service.

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“The Safire Berg 100 is more than just another event on the sports calendar; it’s a celebration of the KZN Midlands and its breathtaking scenery. It also showcases the triumph of the human spirit as each rider crosses the finish line – whether they are hard-core professionals using the race as a test before the Sani2C or weekend warriors that simply want to pit their grit against an extraordinary physical challenge,” says Safire Marketing Manager, Jacqui Cochran. “Assisting the organisations who support participants along the route and interacting with the communities where our sponsored events and projects take place, is a focal area for Safire Insurance. With the race taking place on a long weekend, it also opened up the opportunity for many out-of-towners to enjoy an extended Midlands experience, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.”

Overall winner Tyronne White was “stoked” with his first Safire Berg 100 win, “especially in such a strong field. The rain over the past few days was light and made the roads perfect and quite fast. I got into a bit of a headwind with some really strong riders – the racing was positive and quite hard. It’s a fun race, an absolutely exciting event. “

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Pictures by Anthony Grote, captions:

Pic one - The 2019 Safire Berg 100 male winners, from left to right, Derrin Smith (3rd), Katie Fogg (race organiser), Sophia Fogg, Tyronne White (1st), Andrew Johnson (2nd), Jacqui Cochran (Safire Insurance).

Pic two - The 2019 Safire Berg 100 ladies winners, left to right: Debbie Thomas (3rd), Christie-Leigh Hearder (1st and 13th overall), Katie Fogg (race organiser), Sophia Fogg, Rouxda Grobler (2nd), Jacqui Cochran (Safire Insurance).

Distributed on behalf of Safire Insurance Company Limited:

Contact:Jacqui Cochran, Safire Marketing Manager, 033 264-8500 / jcochran@safireinsurance.com

— WR

SOCCER

A memorial service for the late Arthur Bartman will take place at 11 am today at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

A funeral service for the former goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach from Maritzburg will take place in Nahoon, East London, on Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 11 am.

TENNIS

WORLD number one Novak Djokovic staved off a spirited challenge from Federico Delbonis for a 7-5 4-6 6-1 win in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

Like Roger Federer the previous day, top seed Djokovic found it tough going against an unseeded opponent before prevailing in two hours in the Florida twilight.

Next up for the Serb is Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who prevailed 6-4 6-4 over Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini.

Nick Kyrgios beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-1 and next up for him is Croatian 11th seed Borna Coric, who battled back to beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3, closing out in style with an ace.

Defending champion John Isner unleashed 16 aces in a 7-5 7-6(6) victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas and next faces Britain’s 19th-seeded Kyle Edmund in the fourth round. Edmund beat Canadian 12th seed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4.

DEFENDING women’s champion Sloane Stephens was sent packing from the Miami Open on Sunday after a 6-3 6-2 loss to Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the third round.

Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion and world No. 6, had no answer to Florida-based Maria’s slices, chips and lobs and suffered a second consecutive early exit after losing her first match in Indian Wells to Swiss qualifier Stefanie Vogele.

Second seed Simona Halep fought back from a set down to defeat Polona Hercog 5-7 7-6 (1) 6-2, while Venus Williams reached the next round with a straight sets win over Daria Kasatkina.

World number three Halep avoided becoming the third major player to exit the women’s draw in two days after world number one Naomi Osaka was stunned by Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Serena William withdrew with a knee injury. She next faces three-time champion Venus Williams in the fourth round after the American won 6-3 6-1 against Russian 14th seed Kasatkina, who failed to hold serve once. — WR, Reuters, AFP.

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