Everything to play for after day one of Three-Day Challenge in Benoni

2011-02-18 00:00

THERE is everything to play for after day one of the Provincial Three-day Challenge match between Easterns and KZN Inland at Willowmoore Park in Benoni yesterday.

After winning the toss and asking Easterns to bat, Inland did well to restrict captain Sean O’Connor’s side to a modest first innings total of 209.

O’Connor’s lads were cock-a-hoop, though, when they grabbed the prize wicket of Glen Addicott in the last over of the day to leave Inland on an uncertain 118 for five.

Trailing by 91 runs on the first innings with five wickets in hand, Inland will need a good morning session today to earn first innings parity at least.

For Easterns, that same session could give them the edge, making the two hours and 20 minutes before lunch potentially pivotal to the match’s outcome.

Inland’s first-class debutant, Darryn Mortimer, had a dream first appearance, the Howick High School product’s seam bowling getting rid of three Easterns top-order batsmen. Indeed, yesterday will go down as one of Inland’s most satisfying stints in the field, as opening bowler Brady Barends did the initial damage, Mortimer took things a step further and then it was captain and left-arm orthodox spinner Kyle Nipper’s privilege to finish off the tail.

Wisely, in hindsight, O’Connor took the decision that attack was the best form of defence and his 52 off 44 balls with seven fours and two sixes was Easterns’ first innings highlight.

The 81-run sixth-wicket stand between O’Connor and Mpho Sekhoto came at a run a ball and rescued Easterns from calamity.

Inland were unable to establish a weighty partnership although their batsmen got into double figures or were even well set before disaster struck. Nic Hendrie’s dismissal via a run-out and the late loss of Tim Drummond and Addicott were particularly painful for coach Doug Watson’s side.

Still, with Easterns out in the 58th of their allotted 85 first innings overs, Inland have banked those unused deliveries and now have 75-odd overs of first innings batting to play with, an ideal scenario for the likes of Tyler Lortan and Nipper.

SCOREBOARD

Easterns first innings

I Hlengani lbw b Mortimer22

R du Plessis lbw b Barends22

E Nyawo c Mortimer b Barends0

R Jappie c Hendrie b Mortimer18

S Liebisch c Drummond b Mortimer16

M Sekhoto c Hendrie b Barends36

S O’Connor b Nipper52

H Viljoen lbw b Nipper5

D Stanley lbw b Nipper0

J Rossouw not out23

K Marsha;; c Drummond b Nipper9

Extras (b4, lb 2)6

Total (all out, 57.2 overs)209

Fow: 1-27, 2-27, 3-61, 4-78, 5-89, 6-170, 7-172, 8-176, 9-185, 10-209

Bowling: Barends 19-4-64-3, Chetty 13-1-60-0, Maposa 5-0-17-0, Mortimer 10-3-38-3, Nipper 10.2-1-24-4

KZN Inland first innings

N Hendrie run out (Hlengani)39

S Maharaj b Stanley7

B Moses c Liebisch b Marshall19

G Addicott b Rossouw30

T Drummond c Stanley b Viljoen13

B Barends not out1

T Lortan not out4

Extras (lb3, w1, nb1)5

Total (5 wickets, 37 overs)118

Fow: 1-22, 2-57, 3-81, 4-107, 5-114

Bowling: Viljoen 10-3-23-1, Stanley 7-0-27-1, Liebisch 9-3-29-0, Marshall 9-3-27-1, Rossouw 2-0-9-1.

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