Inland close first day in strong position

2014-02-14 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland had the upper hand at the end of play on the first day of their CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition game against the South West Districts at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn yesterday.

Inland, third on the competition table, were quickly on top of the second-from-bottom SWD side who had a relatively good start, but were staring at the barrel of Graham Hume’s guns at 57/3 after just 15 overs.

After losing their captain, former Inland player Ross McMillan and Waldo Lategan for 30 and 20 respectively, it was downhill for the boys from the Little Karoo as their middle order crumbled like dried out Ostrich shells.

Hume was the main man, picking up the wickets of Erinn Ewerts (2), Christiaan Jonker (5) and Protea star Ryan McLaren’s cousin Adrian McLaren (9).

The 22-year-old Brendon Louw offered the only resistance in the lower order, as his ran out of batting partners to finish on 29 not out. Hume ended the innings with five wickets for 26 runs in just 11 overs as Inland bowled SWD all out for 113.

Having lost Suhail Razack — returning for Imraan Khan who is back on Dolphins duty — for a duck in the first over and Mbasa Gqadushe for four in the sixth over, Lepono Ndhlovu and Sarel Erwee were able to steady the ship and saw Inland close the day on 56/2 and in a strong position.

SCORES IN BRIEF

South Western District 113 all out (Ross McMillan 30, Brendon Louw 29*, Graham Hume 5-26, Ruhan Pretorious 2-36)

KZN Inland 56/2 (Lepono Ndhlovu 25*, Sarel Erwee22*, Siviwe Gidana 1-13, Gurshwin Rabie 1-14).

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