Topham shoot to top of pack
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.