Standard continue to dominate
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.)
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