Duckworth/Lewis does Inland cause no favours

2010-03-29 00:00

THE Duckworth/Lewis Method is used to revise run-scoring targets in weather-affected cricket matches, but it did KZN Inland’s cause no good in their 15-run defeat against Provincial Challenge 40-over champs, Northerns, at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

Inland posted a competitive 242 for five, with Glen Addicott (55) adding to his fifth first-class century the day before (10-wicket three-day loss to Northerns). Bradley Moses also did his Dolphins ambitions no harm with a 73, while former Dolphin Morné van Vuuren (38) and new Dolphin Kyle Nipper (blitzkrieg 41* off 25) also contributed markedly.

Yet, another superb start by Rassie van der Dussen and Francois le Clus, plus first-wicket Chris Schoeman saw Northerns race to 146 in 24 overs, and that essentially clinched a match hampered by weather. No better way to produce a result has been devised, so it’s Duckworth/Lewis or be damned.

It has been an horrendous four days for KZN senior cricket, with the Dolphins losing inside three of the four days against Lions; Inland losing by 10 wickets to Northerns in three days and by 15 runs in the 40-overs; Coastal losing 40-over against Free State and outclassed in the three-day draw.

That’s four losses out of five matches in the past four days — and it would have been five from five had time not run out on the rampant Free State attack.

Yes, Inland did give Northerns a full go in the 40-over, as did Coastal versus Free State in the same competition, but they still lost, and everyone knows that the true test of a team is the three-day, four-day or five-day contest.

It is not always useful to compare the past with the present, but when one considers that about 40 years ago Free State and the then Northern Transvaal were minnows in provincial cricket compared with the might of Natal, it is apparent that those unions made huge strides over the following 20 years and then began winning trophies on a regular basis in the past two decades.

KZN can cure the ills of recent times. Given its inherent pedigree, there is every reason to believe that three-day and four-day cricket dominance, the true test of ability, will return.

A complete revision of KZN senior cricket is beyond overdue, and thankfully the powers that be are aware of the gravity of the situation, and changes are being made — and not a moment too soon.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland

T Drummond c Jumat b Nowak8

B Moses lbw b Van Buuren73

G Addicott c&b Links55

C Nhlapo lbw b Van Buuren2

M van Vuuren b Nowak38

K Nipper not out41

M Gqadushe not out16

Extras (b1, lb4, w3, nb1)9

Total (5 wickets, 40 overs)242

Fow: 1-11, 2-113, 3-116, 4-162, 5-192

Bowling: Mashimbyi 8-0-47-0, Nowak 7-0-49-2, Masekela 6-0-38-0, Scott 2-0-23-0, Links 8-0-35-1, Van Buuren 8-0-44-2, Jumat 1-0-1-0

Northerns

R van der Dussen c&b Gqadushe46

F le Clus c Van Vuuren b Barends38

C Schoeman c Barends b Moses66

M Mokonyama lbw b Gqadushe11

G van Buuren not out1

A Ndlovu not out1

Extras (lb3, w7)10

Total (4 wickets, 28.4 overs)173

Fow: 1-54, 2-149, 3-160, 4-172

Bowling: 3-0-21-0, Harridave 3-1-23-0, Gqadushe 7.4-0-37-2, Barends 1-0-13-1, Nipper 5-0-20-0, Van Vuuren 4-0-29-0, Moses 5-0-27-1

Northerns won by 15 runs (D/L Method).

SCORES IN BRIEF

Three-day: Inland 1st inn 154. Northerns 1st inn 360/7. Inland 2nd inn 274 (G Addicott 106, T Drummond 45, K Nipper 32,M Gqadushe 40; G van Buuren 4-74). Northerns 2nd inn 69/0 (F le Clus 43*). Northerns won by 10 wkts. Points: Northerns 19.82; Inland 5.08.

40-over: KZN Coastal 212/9 in 40 ov (N Govender 36, M Bekker 53; S van Schalkwyk 3-41, W van Zyl 3-28). Free State 215/4 in 39.4ov (D van Wyk 35, M van Wyk 40, L Mosena 48*, A Pienaar 50*; N Mgenge 2-31). Free State won by 6 wkts.

Four-day: Free State 1st inn 329/9. KZN Coastal 1st inn 185 (M Boote 59, S Simpson 30; M Erlank 4-42). FS 2nd inn 220/6 (D van Wyk 114, W Lategan 47; T Pillay 4-39, C Flowers 2-51). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 142/8 (M Bekker 56*; A Pienaar 4-30). Draw.

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