Clubs clash at Kingsmead in T20 Cup finals

The Castle Premier T20 Cup is up for grabs this weekend when Hollywoodbets Crusaders Cricket Club take on Delta Cricket Club at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead at 13h30 on Sunday, 25 October with Sunfoil Dolphins stars Cameron Delport, Keshav Maharaj and Daryn Smit all set to be part of the action.

The T20 competition saw the ten Premier League teams split into two pools of five with both Crusaders and Delta recording four victories from four starts in the round robin pool stage to earn a spot in Sunday’s final.

Crusaders, who famously claimed the 2015 Momentum National Club Championship crown, last clinched the local T20 title in 2013/14 when they overcame Uthungulu.

“I feel I’ve been in good form lately and I’m looking forward to the final this Sunday,” said Hollywoodbets Crusaders’ Delport.

“Hopefully I can contribute towards the club putting the first trophy in the cabinet for the season!” he added.

For Delta, their recent resurgence is a welcome one after a lean period since their era of success during Dale Benkenstein, Eldine Baptiste, Nixon McLean and Gulam Bodi’s reign of the early to mid-2000s.

“It has been roughly a decade since Delta won a trophy or played in a final so I’m really excited and looking forward to the opportunity to try and win some silverware once again for the club,” said Sunfoil Dolphins wicket-keeper/batsman Smit.

“It is also a great opportunity in terms of the development of the club’s many youngsters, to gain from the experience of competing in a final and especially getting a taste of doing so at Kingsmead against the country’s club champions!

“Delta have a great track record in finals at Kingsmead and we will be looking to emulate some of those memorable past performances this Sunday,” he added.

While all three of Smit, Maharaj (both Delta) and Delport (Crusaders) will have their attention firmly on Friday’s Momentum One Day Cup clash with the Cape Cobras at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Sunday’s occasion is another highlight for them to look forward to this weekend.

Sunday’s programme gets underway at 09h00 with the Castle Challenge T20 Cup set to take place at the same venue with Amanzimtoti Cricket Club taking on Ilembe after the two sides topped their pools and overcame Umzinto and Railways in their respective semi-final contests.

The weekend’s action also sees the Castle Women’s T20 Cup up for grabs on Saturday afternoon when Berea Rovers take on Simplex RHCSC at the Chatsworth Oval from 13h30 in a repeat of the 2014/15 final which saw Simplex’s ladies reign supreme.