Definite chance to win for Inland

2010-03-04 00:00

KZN INLAND have a definite chance to win a couple of matches this weekend when they take on Namibia in their respective Provincial Challenge three-day and 40-over encounters from today to Sunday in Windhoek.

Although statistics mean everything and nothing, depending on whom you are talking to, not knowing much about the Namibians suggests that this time it might just be instructive to see who’s been doing what this season in comparison with their Inland counterparts.

More recently, though, in the three-day competition, Namibia are on a high following last week’s shock eight-wicket defeat of Western Province in Durbanville.

The defeat saw WP tumble down the table while the much-needed 19 points saw Namibia make significant progress towards avoiding the wooden spoon.

The men from Windhoek, with 78,48 points from 10 outings, are now lying in 11th place.

Inland have 57,54 points from 10 matches, and well entrenched in 14th and last place.

Namibia opening bowler Louis Klazinga is in great form, earning astonishing match figures of nine for 69 against WP, while captain Craig Williams picked up four. Ewaid Steenkamp got a 91 and Nicholaas Scholtz a 64 in Durbanville

There are no Inland batsmen in the Provincial Three-Day Challenge top-20 averages, the proviso being four completed innings. However, Inland coach Doug Watson, who decided to step down from his player’s role a few rounds ago, has scored 298 runs and only been dismissed twice. Namibia’s Sarel Burger stands in 11th place in the three-day averages with 302 runs at 60,40 including one 50 and one century.

In the competition’s top-20 three-day bowlers, the qualification being 15 wickets, no Inland bowlers feature. Namibia’s London-born seamer Tony Palladino, who has also played for Essex and British Universities, lies in 13th spot with 20 wickets at 21,95.

The three-day outcome is hard to call, but third-last 40-over side Inland should have a decisive edge in Sunday’s 40-over match, coming off the win over Gauteng and now lying third-last to Namibia’s basement position.

A punter would say a winner is not easy to pick, although one might just fancy a flutter on the visitors.

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