Stan­dard con­tinue to dom­i­nate

The Witness - Wheels - - SPORT - DAVID KNOWLES

ONLY two matches de­liv­ered re­sults this past week­end in the MCA Pre­mier Di­vi­sion 1 and 2 50- over clashes.

Stan­dard con­tin­ued to plun­der all in their path with a 81- run win against Var­sity at Wan­der­ers in Di­vi­sion 1 and MCC en­joyed a strong nine- wicket tri­umph against Cos­mos at Lin­park in Di­vi­sion 2.

Stan­dard dom­i­nate the league stand­ings in their di­vi­sion sit­ting com­fort­able on 32 points and un­de­feated af­ter seven matches. Var­sity are a dis­tant sec­ond on 14 points, with Zin­gari on 11 points and Ma­sibe­mu­nye mak­ing up the num­bers with three points.

Di­vi­sion 2 is a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing with MCC top­ping the pile on 23 points, from Lan­cashire on 19 points, Cos­mos 15 points and Young Natal­ians six points.

Di­vi­sion 1 Ma­sibe­mu­nye v Zin­gari at Dairy

The match was aban­doned with­out a ball bowled.

Stan­dard v Var­sity at Wan­der­ers

Re­duced to 45 overs a side, Stan­dard made merry in reach­ing 254- 9, Jarred Walsh ( 72) and Gareth Gar­dener ( 67) pass­ing fifty. In re­ply, Var­sity made a fight of it, all out for 173 in 42.5 overs to give Stan­dard a 81- run win. Best of the bowlers was Gareth Rall 3- 32 and Rob Hall 3- 14. Stan­dard 254- 9 ( Walsh 72, Gar­dener 67) Var­sity 173 ( Rall 3- 32, Hall 3- 14) Stan­dard won by 81 runs ( No bat­ting or bowl­ing stats were pro­vided by Var­sity, a fur­ther in­di­ca­tion of the poor state of club cricket in KZN’s cap­i­tal.)

Di­vi­sion 2

Young Natal­ians v Lan­cashire at Wood­lands Lan­cashire took the points by virtue of a walkover.

MCC v Cos­mos at Lin­park

Bat­ting first, Cos­mos suc­cumbed for just 66 in 28.2 overs, An­drew Bennett ( 3- 4), Lionel Fouche ( 3- 15) and Ross Stra­chan ( 3- 21) weav­ing magic with the ball. MCC had no trou­ble chas­ing the tar­get, grab­bing a bonus point in reach­ing 69- 1 from just 15.1 overs. Shaun Sin­clair ( 28*) and An­thony Kauf­mann ( 25*) steered the ship into port. Cos­mos 66 ( Bennett 3- 4, Fouche 3- 15, Stra­chan 3- 21) MCC 69- 1 ( Sin­clair 28*, Kauff­man 25*) MCC win by 9 wkts

Di­vi­sion 1 Log

Stan­dard 32pts Var­sity 14pts Zin­gari 11pts Ma­sibe­mu­nye 3pts

Di­vi­sion 2 Log

MCC 23pts Lan­cashire 19pts Cos­mos 15pts Young Natal­ians 6pts

Fix­tures - 22 Fe­bru­ary ( 50- overs)

Var­sity v Ma­sibe­mu­nye at Var­sity 1 Zin­gari v Stan­dard at Col­le­gians Cos­mos v Young Natal­ians at Carter High Lan­cashire v MCC at Wood­lands

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