Inland break their duck against Border

2009-11-23 00:00

KZN INLAND won their first match of the season when they beat Border by 63 runs in the Provincial Challenge 40-over match at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

It was a well-deserved victory, as the home side had to negotiate a couple of tricky moments.

Border asked Inland to bat and might have regretted it when on-fire Glenn Addicott hit three fours and two sixes in no time while he and opener Dipak Anand were pelting along at 10 to the over. But Addicott’s direct-throw run out by Shaun de Kock precipitated an Inland hiccup at 113 for four.

Morné van Vuuren was joined by Chad Barron — player/coach Doug Watson and opener Mario Olivier sat out — and the pair added 84 in three-quarters of an hour.

Both batted sensibly against a useful Border attack, pacing their innings and running well. Barron’s purple patch continued as he contributed an unbeaten 76 off 61 balls to go with his previous 109 and 54 (on debut) against Griquas plus a 40 against North West.

Then it was the turn of Inland’s mettle in the field to be tested as Border’s opening pair put together 86 in good time. Enter Kyle Nipper and fellow left-arm spinner Van Vuuren. In six overs the pair picked up two wickets apiece — apart from a Nipper/Tim Drummond run out of the threatening De Kock — and for Border it was virtually game over at 102 for five.

“It was a team effort,” said Watson. “Chad and Morné were superb, while Nips bowled like a champion.”

Inland have a long break until early January, and Watson is upbeat about the team.

“My career is coming to an end and it is important we look forward,” he said. “The young guys are the future.”

The three-day match was washed out without a ball being bowled, a particularly remarkable feature in that it was Inland’s second consecutive three-dayer to suffer this fate after last weekend’s aborted Boland fixture in Paarl.

Meanwhile, after the KZN Coastal/Easterns three-dayer was virtually washed out in Benoni, the home side beat the visitors by six wickets in Sunday’s 40-over match.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland

T Drummond lbw b Fojela9

D Anand b Mbane45

G Addicott run out (De Kock)31

B Moses b Mbane13

M van Vuuren b Fojela46

C Barron not out76

M Gqadushe c Thomas b Mbane6

K Nipper not out3

Extras (b1, lb6, nb1, w17)25

Total (6 wickets 40 overs)254

Fow: 1/28, 2/97. 3/98, 4/113, 5/197, 6/227

Bowling: Pangabantu 8-0-48-0, Fojela 8-0-54-2, Lwana 7-0-52-0, Mbane 8-0-50-3, Brown 6-0-23-0, De Kock 3-0-20-0.

Border

S de Kock run out (Drummond/Nipper)54

S Seyibokwe b Nipper29

K Bennett b Van Vuuren9

B Thomas b Nipper1

D Brown c Humphries b Van Vuuren15

J Hykes lbw b Nipper0

L Mbane c&b Van Vuuren30

S Makongolo c Drummond b Moses1

M Joko not out12

P Fojela st Drummond b Moses24

Extras (b1, lb1, nb2, w12)16

Total (9 wickets, 40 overs)191

Fow: 1/86, 2/95, 3/100, 4/102, 5/102, 6/140, 7/150, 8/152

Bowling: Humphries 6-0-30-0, Harridave 4-0-17-0, Hlela 3-0-27-0, Chetty 6-0-24-0, Nipper 8-0-21-3, Van Vuuren 8-0-44-3, Moses 5-0-26-2.

Inland won by 63 runs.

40-over: Easterns vs KZN Coastal in Benoni: Coastal 230/3 in 40 overs (G Fotheringham 109, K Zondo 95*; B Walters 2-32). Easterns 233/4 in 35.3 overs (G Bodi 103*, J Booysen 40, D Wiese 48; K Nagan 3-49). Easterns won by 6 wickets.

Three-day: Inland vs Border washed out.

KZN Coastal 73/2 vs Easterns. Washed out.

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