Wednesday 16th July 2014
With three teams – defending champions Western Province A, Kwazulu Natal A and Central Gauteng – completely dominating the men’s A section of the Laser Cup Interprovincial squash championships being played in Cape Town, Wednesday’s clash between Kwazulu Natal and Central Gauteng could well provide a key as to whom the victor may be when the final round is played on Friday 18th July.
In the first round on Monday ,Western Province registered a fairly comfortable 19-6 defeat against SACD whose number 1 player ,Egyptian import Karim Gawad ranked 18 in the world, squeezed though 14-12 in the decider against home town player Shaun Le Roux, ranked 52 in the world in the top slot clash. Kwazulu Natal led by Steve Coppinger, ranked 21 in the world, coasted though 20-2 against Northerns while Central Gauteng had an equally easy 20-3 victory over Border.
Tuesday’s matches provided few surprises as Western Province dropped only one point against Border: Central Gauteng registered a whitewash 20 win over Northerns and Kwazulu Natal had a deceptively easy 20-5 score SACD. What the scoreline does not show is that the SACD number 2 and 3 players pushed their opponents Gary Wheadon and Andrew Martin to five tough games. A surprise was perhaps Coppinger’s straight game win over Gawad!
In the remaining 2 A section ties Western Province should have an easy win over the hapless Northerns side while SACD’, lying fourth on the log , plays Border.
In the Kaplan Cup – the women’s A Section Western Province , the defending champions and Central Gauteng are heading the logs with 40 and 37 points respectively with Northerns lagging 12 points behind.
A Section Fixtures : Western Province Cricket Club 13h00 Men : KZN A vs C Gauteng A: WP A vs Northerns A: SACD A vs Border A: Women : C Gauteng A vs Northerns: WPA vs SACD A: EP A vs KZN A
B Section :Kelvin Grove 9h00 Men: EP A vs C Gauteng B: WP B vs Midlands A: KZN B vs Free State A: Northerns B vs Easterns A
UCT 9h00 : Women: EP B vs WP C: WP B vs SACD B: Midlands A vs C Gauteng B: 13h00: WP B vs Northerns B: C Gauteng B vs SACD B: Midlands A vs WPC
C Section : UCT 9h00: Men: EP C vs WPC: SACD B vs Border B : KZN C vs C Gauteng C
D Section : UCT 13h00 : Men: C Gauteng D vs WP D: SACD C vs Easterns B: KZN D vs Midlands B: Free Sate B vs Northerns C