Lo­cal crick­eters on the front foot

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Dave Sa­vides

THE King Cetshwayo (KC) cricket team has en­joyed a well-earned fes­tive sea­son rest and is rar­ing to at­tack the sec­ond half of the sea­son, which com­mences against Pine­town away on 14 Jan­uary.

Wrap­ping up the sea­son so far, it started with an in­ter-district tour­na­ment in Stanger, at which the team played three matches, los­ing one and win­ning two.

In the Cas­tle Pre­mier T20 Cup com­pe­ti­tion, RH Con­struc­tion KC played 10 matches, win­ning four and los­ing four, with two rained out.

They fin­ished 6th and, un­like last sea­son, missed the semi-fi­nals.

Best per­for­mances with the bat were Dale van der Merwe with un­beaten knocks if 66 and 61 and Al­ber­tus Bas­son with 61.

Star­ring with the ball were Niel Jor­dan 3/7, Bruce Tembo 3/18 and Stephan Jou­bert 3/18.

‘We were put in a dis­ad­van­taged po­si­tion by the KZN Cricket Union as there were three KZN Coastal Dis­tricts matches dur­ing the T20 com­pe­ti­tion, and with our union sup­ply­ing an av­er­age of six play­ers, this weak­ened our lo­cal team im­mensely,’ said KC man­ager/coach Bryan van Aswe­gen.

‘This has been ad­dressed and should be sorted out for the next sea­son.’

Main com­pe­ti­tion

The Cas­tle Pre­mier League 50-over com­pe­ti­tion started in Oc­to­ber and to date King Cetshwayo has played 10 matches, win­ning six and los­ing four, and are sit­ting in tie 4th place on the log.

Best so far with the bat are Ja­son Redinger 85, Eu­gene Zwart 61 and Stephan Jou­bert 49; with the ball Niel Jor­dan 6/20, Dale van der Merwe 5/44 and Ja­son Redinger 4/10.

‘We have un­for­tu­nately lost our cap­tain Eu­gene Zwart who has re­lo­cated to Cape Town, and there are big shoes to be filled.

Ja­son Redinger has taken over we wish him all the best.

‘There are ten more matches left in the sea­son and the team is look­ing for­ward to the challenge for a top three fi­nal po­si­tion,’ said Van Aswe­gen

‘We are for­tu­nate to have the ser­vices of lo­cal Dol­phin quickie Daryn Du­pavil­lon play­ing for us whilst un­der re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from in­jury un­til he reaches full fit­ness and takes his place back in the Dol­phins and fu­ture Proteas set up.’

Up­com­ing fix­tures:

14 Jan­uary vs Pine­town away

21 Jan­uary vs Delta away 28 Jan­uary vs DHS Rhythm home

4 Fe­bru­ary vs UKZN away

11 Fe­bru­ary vs Sport­ing home

18 Fe­bru­ary vs War­riors home

4 March vs Rovers home 11 March vs Cru­saders away

18 March vs Topham away

25 March vs Clares home.

Dave Sa­vides

Fiery pace­man Niel Jor­dan will again be the ‘go to’ strike bowler for KC when the Cas­tle Pre­mier League re­sumes

All-rounder Dale van der Merwe has con­trib­uted well with bat and ball this sea­son

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