KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU1945

06 March 2019

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham


KZN Club Cricket title race heating up

Durban – Both the KZN Castle Premier Leagues in the Coastal region and the Inland region are moving into the final few weeks as a three-way fight for Coastal honours resumes while Standard Cricket Club are in the driver’s seat of the Inland League.

On the coast, the league has boiled down to a race between Hollywoodbets Crusaders, Clares and Berea Rovers, with Clares just one point adrift of Crusaders and Rovers at the summit.

Crusaders have dominated the club cricket scene in Durban over recent years; but it is exciting to see that the season might go down to the final day on 24 March.

“We are going for a tenth title this year and we want to get the maximum 20 points out of our final four games and from there whatever happens, happens,” Crusaders coach James Pentz said.

“It has been quite a strange season in that the results have been more up and down with our two fixtures against Clares being completely different. We beat them comfortably in the first fixture and they did the same to us in the second game.

“We were rained out against Rovers in a really good position which is disappointing but nothing you can control.

“It has been a very competitive season so far and we will fight to the end again.”

Crusaders will finish their league with a clash with African Warriors while Rovers have a meeting with King Cetshwayo on 24 March. Clares will have a meeting with relegation threatened Pinetown Cricket Club on the final Sunday of the competition.

Amongst the top performers with the bat in the Coastal league is the ever-present Michael Alexander.

The talented batsman from Clares has scored 435 runs this season which has included a top score of 129 and an average of 43.

Tyler Trenoweth is second highest run scorer with 388 runs while Jason Krafft is third with 353 runs.

From a bowling perspective leading the pack after 14 games is Abdul Hack Razak. The Clares bowler has taken 36 wickets at an average of 7,4 and is seven wickets clear of Neill Jordan with 29 scalps in second while Adam Mather is in third with 25 wickets.

On the Inland front, Standard Cricket Club look like they are on course for another league title. They currently sit 12 points clear at the top with no losses from their 14 games so far this season.

The closest side to them is Varsity, who has one loss but five no results which has hampered the team throughout the season.

There is still a clash between the two top teams on the cards with just four rounds left in the league.

From a performance perspective, Zingari’s Kevin Strydom is currently the leading run scorer in the competition with 352 runs which includes a top score of 125.

Chasing Strydom are Gareth Rall from Standard in second place with 336 runs and Sohel Gori from Newcastle Cricket Club is third with 298 runs.

From a bowling perspective it is Pienaar Buys from Standard Cricket Club that leads the way. In the 11 games that he has played he has taken 23 wickets with best figures of five for 25.

In the second spot on 17 scalps are Pumelela Payi from Lancashire Cricket Club and Sewcharran from Cosmos Cricket Club.

The ultimate Hollywoodbets Dolphins franchise winners will be determined on 31 March with a play-off between the champions of the KZN Coastal league and the KZN Inland league. The champions will represent KZN at the national club championships.

More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za.

KZN Coastal Castle Premier League
Teams P W L N/R Points
Berea Rovers  14 10 3 1 51
Crusaders 14 10 3 1 51
*Clares 13 11 2 0 50
*Delta 14 7 4 2 37
KCCD 13 6 5 2 34
Chatsworth Sporting 14 5 6 3 29
ACC 14 4 9 1 21
African Warriors 14 2 9 3 15
UKZN 14 1 9 4 12
Pinetown 12 2 9 1 10
*Match query          
KZN Inland Premier League Top Half
Team P W L NR Points
Standard Cricket Club 1st 14 11 0 3 60
Varsity CC 1st 14 8 1 5 48
Lancashire CC 1st 14 6 5 3 36
Zingari CC 1st 13 5 6 2 28
Newcastle Cricket Club 1st 14 4 6 4 27
KZN Inland Premier League Bottom Half
Team P W L NR Tot
MCC Cricket Club 1st 13 5 5 3 31
Cosmos Cricket Club 1st 14 4 7 3 24
Young Natalians 1st 14 3 7 4 22
Masibemunye Cricket Club 1st 14 2 6 6 20
Greytown CC 1st 14 2 7 5 19

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Hollywoodbets Crusaders Stalwart Nick Hewer bowling against King Cetshwayo. Crusaders are in an exciting three-way fight for the KZN Coastal Castle Premier League with Berea Rovers and Clares with just a point separating the teams with four matches to go in the season. Supplied/
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