Graham Hume tops SA bowling averages as Inland head to Windhoek

2014-12-04 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland swing and seam bowler Graham Hume’s match-winning figures of nine for 53 against KZN Coastal at the weekend has catapulted the Pietermaritzburger to the top of the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup averages and sets the stage for another victory against Namibia in Windhoek this weekend.

In the first innings, Hume dismissed Dolphins regulars Cameron Delport and Daryn Smit among his victims, while in Coastal’s second dig during the Durban side’s 100-run loss, this medium-fast bowler’s box of tricks destroyed the middle-order and tail-enders as Inland required a paltry 84 overs to knock over the Durbanites’ full match complement of 20 wickets. SA U19 batter Greg Oldfield (0 and 12) was Hume’s victim twice.

After injury concerns resulted in missing a match or two, “Humie” currently has 14 wickets from two matches at a minuscule average of nine runs per wicket.

It was a devastating victory against a team that included six players who have played for the Dolphins this season. No Inland players have got the nod yet.

Captain Shane Burger’s unbeaten Inland side currently lie fourth in Pool B of the three-day competition with 40 points from four matches and have two games in hand compared to first-placed Gauteng and second-placed Eastern Province, and one game in hand on third-placed Free State.

It is a busy time for Inland as they meet Gauteng in Johannesburg the week after the Windhoek trip, followed by Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth in a fortnight’s time.

The Namibia, Gauteng and EP matches are important for the reigning national T20 and 50-over champions if they are to realise their ambitions of adding the three-day trophy to their cabinet.

With no players in the national top 20 batting averages, Inland’s batting has been mediocre to date, and coach Grant Morgan will be looking for this top-order to set up to the plate.

The three-day trophy will remain an unfulfilled dream should this wrong not be made good.

Apart from the outstanding Hume, no other Inland bowler is currently in the national top 20, which suggests that so far the PMB lads have relied on a collective team effort in their successes.

KZN Coastal are fourth in the Pool A section, having won one match, lost two and drawn three, after playing the joint-highest number of games (six) so far.

The Durban side have two players in the top 20. Fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon is in ninth spot with 23 wickets from four matches at an average 18 runs per wicket. In the batting stakes, top-order batter ­Senuran Muthusamy is in 11th place with 342 runs from 10 innings at 49.

Sunday in Windhoek sees the CSA Provincial Challenge 50-over match.

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