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Coastal Conquerors crowned Cubs Week champions
Durban The newly formed Coastal Conquerors, a team of players from KZN
Coastal and KZN Inland, were crowned CSA Cubs Week champions after they
beat the Eastern Warriors in the final match in Stellenbosch on Friday.
After losing their first game of the tournament against the Western
Legends, the team bounced back to win their next three matches to set up
a final with the Warriors from the Eastern Cape.
The men from the Eastern Cape batted first and amassed a formidable 297
for eight in their fifty overs with contributions throughout the
innings. From a Conquerors perspective Oyama Ntshona was the pick of the
bowlers picking up three for 38.
In a final scoreboard pressure is a real threat to any chase however the
men from KwaZulu-Natal put on a masterclass chase that saw them over the
line in 48 overs with six wickets intact.
Despite losing the openers fairly early in the chase there were
contributions from Banele Cele (46), Ntandoyenkosi Zuma (47) and captain
Nathan Trevethan (46*) to steady the ship after the early misfortune.
The day however belonged to Chad Laylock. The middle order batsman
smashed 111 not out off just 78 balls to guide the side to a memorable
win. He struck eleven fours and five sixes on his way to a match-winning
For the head coach of the team Yusuf Abdullah he asked the side to band
together after their opening day loss and they did just that.
I just told the boys that if they want to be successful they are going
to have to play as one, Abdullah said.
We saw throughout the week that we had different players stepping up on
different days to get us over the line which is exactly what you want in
a team environment.
I expected the quality of the cricket to be similar to the Coke Week
but I was very impressed by all the sides there and I think cricket is
in a good place in South Africa.
The team was made up of seven players from KZN Inland and six players
from KZN Coastal so for Abdullah is was a good mix.
It was really positive to see the boys coming together and playing good
cricket and it shows that there is a lot of young talent in the province
which bodes well for the future.
We saw a number of players show that they are making good strides and
will hopefully be in the professional mix in the not too distant
future, Abdullah added.
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Captain Nathan Trevethan was
one of the key players for the Coastal Conquerors as they went on to win
the CSA Cubs Week in Stellebosch after beating the Eastern Warriors in
the final last week.
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