Inland U19 return to CSA swinging

2010-12-02 00:00

AFTER the disappointment of last season when an under-strength KZN Inland struggled in the Cricket South Africa U19 three-day competition, the turnaround this season with close to a full-strength unit has been impressive.

At the weekend in Kimberley, Inland U19 — certainly not at full-strength for this encounter, but fielding a quality side nevertheless — thrashed Griqualand West U19 by 10 wickets inside five sessions.

Exams got in the way of coach Paul Atkins picking his best XI for Kimberley, but the quality in depth of midlands cricket ensured his side carried the day.

After winning the toss, the Griquas were immediately under pressure against the pace and swing of the in-form Gareth Dukes, who took five for 36 in 19.5 overs, and the quality leg-spin of Tyler Lortan, who captured four for 58 off 20 teasing overs after coming on first change.

Atkins told The Witness, “Griquas tumbled for 150 with another player who is in tip-top shape — gloveman Mzamo Cele, once again superb behind the stumps with four catches and a stumping.”

By the end of the first day the Pietermaritzburg lads had scored 221 for four, with two wickets being lost in the final 15 minutes.

“The positive batting of Greg Ford [72 off 85 balls, 14 fours] and a more watchful Jarryd Walsh [94 off 165 balls, 10 fours] put Inland in a strong position after day one. Both batters displayed great skill in leaving the ball and punishing anything loose.”

On the second morning, coupled with some poor shot selection, Griquas’ attack bowled a tighter line to off-stump and Inland were dismissed for 269.

“Disappointing — a lack of the discipline that had been evident on day one, although a lead of 119 was still a good position to be in,” said Atkins.

However, the home side’s elation at preventing a formidable Inland first innings score was destroyed a session later as Dukes, the on-fire St Charles frontline bowler, and the inspired Maritzburg College top-order batsman, Lortan, who is currently also in sublime form with the ball, ran through the Griquas batting line-up.

“Dukes once again dismissed the top order, taking three for 45 off 15 overs, but the chief destroyer was Lortan, who mopped up the rest for a return of six for 41 in 13, giving him match figures of 10 for 91 from 33,” Atkins said.

The real test comes at the PMB Oval today when a full-strength Inland U19 meet KZN Coastal in the table-topping CSA three-dayer that ends on Saturday.

Along with the traditional rivalry that always surrounds a KZN derby, the match will provide players with an opportunity to press for selection to the Dolphins Cubs squad to be coached by Linda Zondi and Atkins.

The Dolphins will be competing in the Franchise Cubs Week from January 3 to 7 in Stellenbosch.

Inland Premier 50/55 fare saw Sohail Razak star in Lancashire’s defeat of an unlucky Midlands on run rate.

Varsity edged K&L, and Young Natalians defeated Cosmos on the back of a fine display by Derrin Mortimer.

Inland league has a break this weekend before resuming December 12.

Meanwhile, the KZN Coastal Premier50 competition will return on Sunday after last week’s bye for the final matches in round one.

 

Inland U19: Jarryd Walsh, Sohail Razack, Tyler Lortan, Nic Hendrie, Calvin Savage (capt), Gareth Dukes, Mzamo Cele, Keagan Davids, Jarred Scott, Vaughan Moses, Wade Lezar, Andrew Hay, Khivaar Mohanlall.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Provincial U19: Griquas 1st inn 150 (Dukes 5-36, Lortan 4-58). Inland 1st inn 269 (Walsh 96, Ford 72). Griquas 2nd inn 125 (Lortan 6-41, Dukes 3-45). Inland 2nd inn 7/0. Inland won by 10 wkts.

Inland Premier 50/55 - in Ladysmith: K&L 104 (Sohail Razack 71; Tim Groenewald 4-13, Oliver Humphries 3-23). Varsity 108 for 6 (Donald Baines 23*; Sohail Razack 3-49). Varsity won by 4 wkts.

At Woodlands: Lancashire 289 for 6 (Kivershan Padayachee 76, Brendon Govender 59, Tahir Essack 59; Clint Lock 5-76). Midlands 94 for 1 after 25 ov (James Bryant 49*, Mario Olivier 38). Lancs won, superior run rate.

At Howick High: Cosmos 143 (S Govender 40; D Mortimer 5-27). Young Natalians 146 for 4 (D Mortimer 59, B Kunst 44). Natalians won by 6 wkts.

Zingari vs Standard: Match query.

FIXTURES

Coastal Premier50: Crusaders vs Pinetown (Saders); Delta vs African Warriors (Tills); Toti vs Chatsworth Utd (Toti); Chatsworth Sportingvs DHS Rhythm (Chats Oval); Berea Rovers vs Topham (Rovers).

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