Inland make a mess of chances

2008-02-22 00:00

THE KZN Inland cricket team were on 48 for three in reply to Border’s 258 all out when bad light drew play to a close, on day one of their SA Airways Provincial Challenge three-day match in East London yesterday.

Inland won the toss and sent Border in to bat at the well-maintained Buffalo Park, and at 67 for four and 170 for seven, the decision was vindicated.

But, as has been their downfall all season, Inland couldn’t translate patches of good cricket into a consistent day’s performance, and Border recovered twice to reach their total in 75 overs.

“It was 40 runs too much,” Inland coach Robbie Coutts told The Witness,adding that opening bowler Qasim Khurshid was the pick of the bunch.

To compound Inland’s problems, two poor shots and lack of awareness, leading to a run out, ensured that Border snapped up three ,cheap top-order wickets on a flatt-ish pitch before dusk.

Today presents a long road ahead for Inland.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Border 1st inn 258 (Ross McMillan 3-35, Qasim Khurshid 3-38, Lyndon Brown

3-42). KZN Inland 1st inn 48/3 (Kevershan Padayachee 1, Tim Drummond 4,Clint Bowyer 11, McMillan 17*, Brown 2*).

* The Inland team was not supplied to The Witness prior to their departure for East London.

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