Contrasting fortunes for KZN cricket teams

2010-03-20 00:00

WHILE there was a remarkable Provincial Challenge three-day win inside two days for KZN Coastal over Border in East London yesterday, KZN Inland are virtually in Eastern Province’s pocket going into the final day in Port Elizabeth.

EP lead Inland by 232 runs at St George’s Park with nine second-innings wickets intact, and will be looking for quick runs to give themselves enough time to bowl the visitors out and claim another victory to celebrate their winning of the three-day title.

After asking EP to bat on Thursday, KZN Inland were put to the sword as the home side raced to 312 for five in their 80 first-innings overs. Riaan Jeggels blasted five sixes in an unbeaten104, his maiden first-class century. Last-placed Inland made a reasonable fist of their reply, ending 57 runs short after the allotted overs.

Inland wicketkeeper/batsman and captain Tim Drummond hit a typically dashing 67 (104b, 11x4), opener Mario Olivier a watchful 48 and middle-order batter Chad Barron 33. EP bowled steadily with no one unduly penetrative, while wicketkeeper Athi Dyili’s six victims were another highlight.

But the strong EP top order hammered home the advantage in their second dig. Opener Pite van Biljon in particular slapped the ball around to end with an unbeaten 88 and his team on 175 for one at stumps.

Inland will have to bat out of their skins today, assuming the pitch gives the bowlers a fair shout.

And at the United Cricket Club, KZN Coastal won a low-scoring game by 69 runs, in which a ridiculous 40 wickets fell at an average of one every five overs. A first-class cricket pitch? Methinks not.

The respective sides meet in the Provincial Challenge 40-over competition tomorrow.

SCOREBOARD

EP first innings 312/5

KZN Inland first innings

48

11

33

67

18

33

1

20

1

6

17

255

Fow: 1-49, 2-96, 3-113, 4-146, 5-223, 6-227, 7-230, 8-241

Bowling: Williams 18-4-58-0, Kennedy 19-2-55-3, Viret 14-4-33-1, Harmer 29-7-78-3, Bell 5-1-25-1

EP second innings

P van Biljon not out88

M Price c Nhlapo b Tarr34

K Smuts not out45

Extras (b2, lb4, w2)8

175

Fow: 1-56

Bowling: Hlela 3-1-21-0, Barends 7-0-43-0, Tarr 6-0-28-1, Harridave 7-0-20-0, Gqadushe 9-0-28-0, Nipper 8-1-29-0.

SCORES IN BRIEF: KZN Coastal 1st inn 217 (M Bekker 47, S Simpson 48; P Fojela 3-34). Border 1st inn 124 (A Sodumo 31; V Gobind 3-23, T Pillay 3-27). Coastal 2nd inn 149 (M Bekker 66, C Flowers 28; A Gqamane 3-32). Border 2nd inn 173 (A Sodumo 50; R Reeves 3-59, C Flowers 4-39). Coastal won by 69 runs. Points: Coastal 17.34; Border 5.48.

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