Inland battle Boland bowlers' fight-back

2011-12-16 00:00

KZN Inland delivered exactly what head coach Anton Roux had been looking for as they shot Boland out for just 153 after winning the toss in Paarl yesterday, but the Bolanders fought back with interest.

Day one’s success with the ball in the Provincial Three-Day Challenge match was diluted when the Inland batsmen battled against the Boland attack to end on 126 for five at stumps.

They trail by 27 runs with five second-innings wickets intact.

Chad Barron (29) and SJ Erwee (19) are still at the crease and much will depend on them and the Inland tail when play resumes today.

Earlier, it was a classic perfor­mance by the Inland attack with the seamers strangling Boland’s top- and middle-order before captain and left-arm spinner Kyle Nipper mopped up the tail.

Wicketkeeper Barron snapped up four catches.

Opening bowlers Brady Barends (3-24), Kimeshan Chetty (2-35) and first-change Athi Maposa (3-35) were complemented by Nipper’s two for 33.

Only Uwe Birkenstock got anywhere with the bat, working hard for two-and-a-half hours in compiling 61 off 110 balls that included nine fours and a six.

A blow for Inland was the loss of in-form opening bat Stephan Myburgh, who was in the middle of a destructive onslaught that could have propelled the game to a much-needed win for Roux’s side.

Myburgh was dismissed in just the fifth over, by which time he had already smashed 37 off only 22 balls that were studded with five fours and two sixes.

After a heady start, Inland were pegged back by Boland and today’s second of the three days should be crucial in deciding the outcome.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Boland 1st innings 153 (U Birkenstock 61; B Barends 3-24, A Maposa 3-35). KZN inland 1st innings 126/5 (S Myburgh 37).

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