KZN Coastal crowned Sunfoil Cup Champions in two days

Michael Erlank

Michael Erlank

Michael Erlank completed his seventh career century before Keith Dudgeon’s five-wicket burst helped KwaZulu-Natal Coastal demolish Namibia inside two days of the Sunfoil Cup 4-Day provincial final at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Friday.

Left-hander Erlank, unbeaten on 81 after the opening day, struck 139 (253 balls, 16 fours, 1 six), with seamer Dudgeon then bagging five for 32 in just 8.1 overs as the home side won by an innings and 25 runs.

The deciding match in the 3-day competition was being played as a four-day affair as the two teams that ended top of their respective groups battled it out for provincial honours.

However, only two days were needed in what proved to be a lop-sided encounter as KZN clinched their maiden title, one that was built around some stellar individual performances.

After Calvin Savage and Senuran Muthusamy shared all 10 wickets to demolish the Africans for 132 on the opening day, the home side replied with 334 for four declared.

They resumed at the start of day two on 161 for none with Mishkal Ramsaroop, who made 93 (178 balls, 12 fours), stretching his opening partnership with Erlank to 213.

A quick-fire 53 (61 balls, 2 fours, 2 sixes) by Marques Ackerman then helped accelerate the innings, before captain Khalipha Cele decided to declare after 93.1 overs – and with a lead of 202.

Gerhard Erasmus was the best of the bowlers with two for 46.

It was then over to the bowlers, who needed just over 50 overs to complete the demolition job. They were led by Dudgeon’s fourth first-class five-for, which was complemented well by three wickets for Smangaliso Nhlebela (3/57).

Jan Frylinck was the best of the Namibian batsmen after he made 68 (99 balls, 11 fours).