Sunday Tribune

Topham shoot to top of pack

- MERVYN NAIDOO

LUBEZONE Topham shot to the top of the KZN Cricket Union’s 60-over competitio­n for Premier League teams after last week’s third round of fixtures when they scored a rapid-fire five wicket victory against hosts Pinetown at Lahee Park.

The result lifted the Chatsworth team (34.68 points) above Crusaders (33.05), who were overwhelme­d by Berea Rovers in their back yard.

Pinetown’s opening batsmen Khaya Zondo and Bruce Kruger seemed set the platform for a huge onslaught from following batsmen with their partnershi­p of 45 runs. But once the pair knocked over, Topham’s leg spin duo of Zayn Patel (5-11) and Shaun Rampersad (3-44) were brought into the attack. Pinetown capitulate­d to an abysmal 95 all out as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Rovers turned a corner in their clash with Crusaders – reduced to 40 overs due to a wet outfield.

Marco Alexander top-scored for Crusaders with a well worked innings of 67 that got the home side to a satisfacto­ry 166-8. Darren Love (4-32) was Rovers’ best bowler. A century partnershi­p for the third wicket between Wayne Madsen (66 not out) and Greg Fotheringh­am (41) provided the backbone for the visitors’ six-wicket win.

Rain stopped play while the odds favoured Chatsworth Sporting to chase down neighbours United’s target of 155. At one stage, Sporting were struggling at 71-6 but a 54-run partnershi­p by captain Jarred Chetty (39 not out) and Sashlin Reddy brought them back into contention. Sporting needed 20 runs off 48 balls when the umpires intervened.

Blossom Canola Delta produced a resounding 70run home win against Tertiary at Tills Crescent in Overport. A 120 run first-wicket partnershi­p between Ashraf Kadwa and veteran Kurt Donaldson (75) laid the foundation for DHS Rhythm to reach African Warriors’ total of 159 by the 30th over.

But Rhythm will expect a sterner examinatio­n when they host Sporting. Pinetown travel to Delta looking for a third win, while Crusaders will be keen to beat Tertiary and African Warriors will host a resurgent Rovers side at the Kingsmead Oval.

The clash of the day should be the derby between United and Topham at the Chatsworth Oval.

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