Inland lose four batsmen as rain ends first day

2012-01-06 00:00

NOT much could be read into day one of the Provincial Three-Day Challenge match between KZN Inland and Border at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

Border put Inland in — not that it would have changed things had Inland won the toss — and after 46 weather-interrupted overs, the home side were on 124 for four when the umpires decided enough was enough.

Significantly, two of Inland’s three Dolphins-contracted batsmen, Divan van Wyk (40) and Devon Conway (11), are back in the hut, but the third, Glen Addicott, is unbeaten on 12 alongside Inland captain Kyle Nipper (13).

The fourth Dolphin is chinaman exponent Tabraiz Shamsi, who could play a crucial role later if the success of Border’s leg-spinner Gionne Koopman (four for 16) from the Dusi End is anything to go by.

The PMB Oval’s reputation as a seam bowler’s dream in the first session did not disappoint, and Van Wyk and Chad Barron (46) did well to steer Inland to lunch at 62 without loss.

Post-lunch, Koopman was in his element when Van Wyk and Barron fell to catches close to the wicket. Nabeel Bhayla (0) middled the ball beautifully but was well caught at cover, while Conway was caught in no-man’s land and earned the umpire’s disfavour.

Weather permitting, today’s first hour could be pivotal to the match’s outcome.

 

SCORES IN BRIEF

Oval: Inland 1st inn 124/4 (D van Wyk 40, C Barron 46; G Koopman 4-16).

Port Elizabeth: EP 1st inn 164 (Sisonda Magala 52; Brendon Scullard 5-54, Chad Fortune 3-50). KZN Coastal 1st inn 104/3 (Bradley Barnes 45*).

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