Griquas will provide test of KZN Inland’s skill and resolve

2009-10-22 00:00

CAPTAIN and wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Drummond’s KZN Inland side meet Griqualand West at the Maritzburg Oval beginning today with a three-day match and ending with Sunday’s 45-over clash.

By their standards, reigning provincial three-day champions Griquas have not had the perfect start this season, having drawn with both Boland and Namibia, while they beat Namibia in their one-dayer.

Griquas have an exciting line-up that includes the precocious talent of 20-year-old Reeza Hendriks, the Kimberley-born right-hand batsman who made his first-class debut aged just 17.

Hendriks’s last first-class match was for his franchise, the Eagles, against the Highveld Lions a month ago. Opening the batting, Hendriks made a first-innings 65 against the likes of fast bowlers Friedel de Wet and Cliffie Deacon, and shared in a 135-run partnership with none other than Boeta Dippenaar. He already has a first-class average of 35 with a highest score of 151 not out.

Highly experienced Griquas captain and wicketkeeper/batsman Wendell Bossenger (32) has played 218 matches at this level with seven centuries at a combined average of over 32.

Of course, these are just some of the players in an accomplished side that should provide a searching test of Inland’s skill and resolve.

And Inland are not helped by the unavailability of batsman Glen Addicott, who hit a century against Western Province, and the in-form Morné van Vuuren for the three-day match. Both will be back for Sunday’s 45-over shootout.

Standard’s Chad Barron steps into the Inland three-day team, which must improve in every department. The comprehensive defeat against KZN Coastals in the one-dayer and very narrow escape in the three-day match means that the Inland players will be short of confidence.

Inland also lost to WP in the one-day match and drew the rain-affected three-dayer, so they have yet to taste victory this season — a situation which will hopefully spur them on to greater things against the men from Kimberley.

TEAMS:

KZN Inland: Dipak Anand, Mario Olivier, Brad Moses, Doug Watson (player/coach), Tim Drummond (capt), Chad Barron, Kyle Nipper, Mbasa Gqadushe, Lyndon Brown, Richard Hlela, Narvaar Harridave, Kivershan Chetty. One-dayer only: Morne van Vuuren, Glen Addicott.

Griquas: Wendell Bossenger (capt), Charl Pietersen, Reeza Hendricks, Deon Carolus, Aubrey Swanepoel, Roy Adams, Gihahn Cloete, Zandre Swartz, Anthony Mabuya, Alberto Mazzoncine, Bradley Lemmetjies, Johannes du Plessis, Granville de Wee.

Start of play: 9.30 am.

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