Inland in comfortable victory

2014-12-08 00:00

DEFENDING Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial 50-Over Challenge champions KZN Inland comfortably beat Namibia by 45 runs in Windhoek yesterday.

After Inland had been asked to bat, they posted an imposing 283 for five in their 50 overs and while Namibia made a gallant go of chasing down the target they were bowled out for 238 in the 46th over. At 155 for three with 114 balls left and 129 to get, Namibia were in with a shout but they failed to kick on, Athi Maposa’s three wickets in 10 balls ripping the heart out of their lower order.

In Inland’s innings, left-handed all-rounder Kyle Nipper (27), coming in at number five, the hit his maiden limited-over hundred at this level, finishing with 100 not out that included two fours and five sixes off 94 balls.

Nipper featured in a run-a-ball 124-run stand for the fourth wicket with Imraan Khan, who was batting in the unfamiliar number four spot. Stylish left-hander Khan made 93 off just 80 deliveries, stroking seven boundaries and two sixes in continuing his avalanche of runs over the four days against Namibia bowlers who he no doubt would like to come up against in every match.

One-Test SA cap Khan made 71 and 108 in the preceding three-day match — and the 93 yesterday added up to a remarkable 272 runs in three innings over the four days’ cricket.

Inland left-arm quick bowler Maposa also continued his good form, taking four for 38 to add to his five wickets in the three-dayer. Inland opening bowler Yusuf Abdulla was the most economical in taking one for 32 in his maximum 10 overs. Abdulla is close to 32 now and still a hugely talented, pacy left-arm swing bowler. The “Dundee Express” never realised his full potential despite representing SA in two T20 Internationals and also playing for the Dolphins and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

While the four match points are most welcome in the 50-over competition, Inland will reflect on what might have been in the three-dayer that ended on Saturday. Two predicted thunderstorms resulted in 29 overs being lost and Namibia, chasing an improbable 344 on the final day with nine wickets intact, were able to survive, finishing on 222 for four. Partnerships of 50, 106 and 42 were the Namibians’ saviours.

No Inland bowlers were able to play match-winning roles. The denial of 10 match points may come back to haunt Inland’s title hopes.

SCORES IN BRIEF

T20: Inland 283/5 in 50 ov (I Khan 93, K Nipper 100*). Namibia 238 in 46 ov (Craig Williams 42, Ray van Schoor 51; A Maposa 4-38). Inland won by 45 runs. Points: Inland 4, Namibia 0.

3-Day: Inland1st inn 303/9 dec (I Khan 71, Abram Ndhlovu 46, Suhail Razack 55). Namibia 1st inn 132 in 42 ov (Matt Pillans 2-28, A Maposa 3-31, Abdul Razak 2-12). Inland 2nd inn 194/2 dec in 49 ov (I Khan 108, A Ndhlovu 35, SJ Erwee 42*). Namibia 2nd inn 224/4 in 84.4 ov (Pikky ya France 68, R van Schoor 67*; A Maposa 2-62). Match drawn. Points: Inland 8.06, Namibia 4.

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