Inland has 8 wickets to catch Easterns

2012-02-25 00:00

Inland cricket

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket team trail Eastern by 22 runs with eight second innings wickets intact after day two of the Provincial Three-Day Challenge match at the Maritzburg Oval Friday.

Resuming on their overnight 218 for nine after a bad light-affected day one, Inland were back in the hut eight runs later when Brady Barends became opening bowler Dillon Stanley’s fifth victim. Stanley (five for 54) and first-change Shaun Liebisch (five for 39) made light of the Inland batting.

In reply, Easterns were bowled out for 292 with former Inland batsman Brad Moses anchoring the innings in scoring a round 100 in just over four hours and off 191 balls that included 11 boundaries.

At 61 for four, Easterns were going nowhere slowly before Lesiba Ngoepe joined Moses out in the middle, the pair adding 119 for the fifth wicket. Ngoepe’s brisk 59 off 65 deliveries was studded with nine fours and a six.

Liebisch continued his wonderful run with a 48 and number 10 Kyle Marshall weighed in with a 30 before the tailenders became the fourth batsman to fall to Inland seamer Rudi Hillermann (four for 53) who was well supported by Tabraiz Shamsi’s three for 60.

Inland’s second dig got off to the worst possible start when Divan van Wyk was dismissed by the on-song Stanley off the first ball of the innings. Fellow opener Nabeel Bhayla was then run out by Stanley and wicketkeeper Tumelo Bodibe. SJ Erwee and Devon Conway resume their innings Saturday morning.

Tomorrow’s 50-over match starts at 9 am.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Inland 1st innings 226 (D Conway 43, G Addicott 45, K Nipper 75; D Stanley 4-53, S Liebisch 5-34). Easterns 1st innings 292 (B Moses 100, L Ngoepe 59, S Liebisch 48, K Marshall 30; R Hillermann 4-53, T Shamsi 3-60, B Barends 0-26, K Nipper 1-57, A Maposa 1-34, R Hillermann 4-53, T Shamsi 3-60, ). KZN Inland 2nd innings 44/2 (D van Wyk 0, N Bhayla 12, S Erwee 21*, D Conway 5*).

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