Standard’s winning trifecta

2016-02-03 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Standard Cricket Club Premier League side (back, from left) Greg Cork, Graham Hume, Asher Hart, SJ Erwee, Gareth Rall, Martin Bloy, Riley Coutts, and (front, from left) Mzamo Cele, Gareth Gardener and Gareth Dukes.

PHOTO: supplied Standard Cricket Club Premier League side (back, from left) Greg Cork, Graham Hume, Asher Hart, SJ Erwee, Gareth Rall, Martin Bloy, Riley Coutts, and (front, from left) Mzamo Cele, Gareth Gardener and Gareth Dukes.

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STANDARD Cricket Club’s three teams all managed to win their respective league Twenty20 competitions.

The Old Boys started on Saturday afternoon, beating long time rivals Maritzburg Cricket Club by 3 wickets at the Maritzburg Oval.

On Sunday, the Oval was once again host to the Premier League Twenty20 finals day.

In an exciting semi-final Lancashire beat Varsity by 10 runs to set up a final with Standard. Lancashire won the toss and elected to bat first, Standard’s Graham Hume continued his form from the semi-final to bowl two tight overs, picking up 1 wicket for 4 runs.

The Lancashire batsman were always under pressure and the falling of regular wickets never allowed the inning to gain any impetus. Standard spinners Gareth Rall and Riley Coutts bowled with control and with SJ Erwee’s clever field settings, the Lancashire batsmen struggled to score, Lancashire setting Standard a target of 97 to win. Erwee and youngster Michael Sclanders opened the batting for Standard, a second 50 of the day for the skipper and a well 29-not out for Sclanders ensured Standard won the game in 15.2 overs by 10 wickets.

Standard 2nd’s arrived at the Linpark oval for their Twenty20 semi-final clash against Varsity on Sunday. Varsity batted first and had the worst possible start, finding themselves 7/3 inside four overs. They were never able to recover from this and were eventually skittled for 49, well inside the allotted 20 overs.

Varsity made a spirited start to their bowling, having Standard 14/1 after three overs. Then Luke Barnard and Joel Barron saw the Stallions home with ease inside the 8th over.

Onto the final on the same day, Young Natalians won the toss and elected to bat first. They were never really in control of their innings as again, the Standard bowlers proved too strong for the Young Nats batsmen who were giving away constant wickets.

They were bowled out for 84 in the 18th over. With rain clouds around, a target of 27 within the first 6 overs was needed to ensure victory. But the rain did not arrive and Standard romped to 86/2 inside 7 overs. - Supplied.

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