Inland coach heaps praise on players

2015-01-14 00:00

IT says a lot for a cricket coach whose champion team are winning — and winning in style — when he deflects all questions about his role and instead heaps praise on the recognition his beloved players are getting.

Talking to KZN Inland mastermind Grant “Morgs” Morgan late yesterday, he quickly shrugged off any suggestion that he may have come up with a plan in his side’s demolition of the strong Eastern Province in his hometown Port Elizabeth over the weekend.

Apart from a brief, “Yeah, the boys did a superb job in PE”, just about all Morgan would talk about was his delight in the fact that both his frontline bowlers — Graham Hume and Matt Pillans — have been called up to the Dolphins for the four-dayer against the Knights in Kimberley this week. Plus, opening batsman Abram Ndhlovu has been called up by Uganda for international matches.

Morgan was also keen to talk about Inland opening batter Imraan Khan’s fine century for the Dolphins in the KZN franchise’s most recent losing cause, versus the Warriors in East London at the weekend.

Another Inland top-order star, SJ Erwee, would have played for the Dolphins as well, had he not suffered an ankle injury in East London during the build-up to the game. Sadly, it looks to have put him on the sidelines for some time.

In the 2013/14 season Morgan, who has coached at an Indian Premier League franchise as well as the SA national U19 side, took also-rans KZN Inland to two national trophies in just his first full year in charge.

“… the KZN Inland Cricket Union boxes far above its weight considering the disadvantages it faces on just about every front, financially, number of employees, I could go on, and to see the ‘little guy’ doing so well against all odds is what makes the KZN capital so special,” said Morgan.

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