Inland robbed of chance for win by umpires’ light decision

2013-10-14 00:00

WHILE it was KZN Coastal who bounced back from an innings defeat to win their CSA Provincial One-Day Competition match in emphatic fashion, KZN Inland had the disappointment of coming close to victory in their three-day match compounded by a convincing defeat in their 50-over match yesterday.

At the Maritzburg Oval, nothing went Inland’s way as North West piled on 293, but at the same time the home team were their own worst enemies, eventually capitulating for 154 to lose by 139 runs.

In Windhoek, Coastal smashed 318 in beating Namibia by 107 runs. An unbeaten hundred by opener Chad Bowes was embellished by whirlwind hitting from Cameron Delport, Prenelan Subrayen and captain Abdul Razak.

The outcome made up in part for Coastal’s embarrassing defeat by an innings inside two days in the three-day match against the self-same Namibians on Friday.

The final day of the CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition match in PMB saw both Inland and North West gain and then lose the advantage on Saturday, only to claw in front again. It was a classic example of why the longer versions of the game must never be allowed to die out in favour of the limited-over fare.

Yet, with the match on a knife-edge — plenty of overs to spare, North West needing 14 to win and Inland requiring one wicket for victory — the umpires deemed the light not good enough for the match to continue.

It was ironic, as there were spinners on at both ends. Batsmen numbers 10 and 11 had added 16 competent runs. The experienced Brady Barends had hit two fours during an hour at the crease in which he had faced 44 deliveries. The vastly experienced Garnett Kruger had successfully faced 31 balls that included a stunning straight-driven six and another boundary.

Yet the light was not good enough for play to continue. The decision did neither team any favours, it was an insult to the spectators — many of whom had spent the entire day at the ground — and ensured that the biggest loser of all was the spirit of cricket.

SCORES IN BRIEF

3-Day

In PMB: KZN Inland 1st inn 217 (S Erwee 81; D Deeb 4-28, B Barends 4-26). North West 1st inn 105 (R Pretorius 8-31). KZN Inland 2nd inn 233/9 dec (N Hendrie 86; B Barends 3-27). North West 2nd inn 332/9 (B Pelser 60, N Bredenkamp 81; K Nipper 5-82). Match drawn. Points: KZN Inland 6.34 North West 4.

In Windhoek: KZN Coastal 1st inn 80 (C Viljoen 4-30). Namibia 1st inn 252 (T Moreki 3-62). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 78 (T Snyman 3-23). Namibia won by an innings and 94 runs. Points: Namibia 18.04 KZN Coastal 4.

50-Over

In PMB: North West 293/7 in 50 ov (T Bula 91, W Botha 65, B Pelser 45, K Nipper 3-57, M Gqadushe 2-51). KZN Inland 154 in 34.1 ov (B Pelser 5-32). North West won by 139 runs. Points: North West 5 KZN Inland 0.

In Windhoek: KZN Coastal 318/6 in 50 ov (C Bowes 112*, C Delport 51, P Subrayen 86, A Razak 30; C Viljoen 2-70). Namibia 211 in 42.5 ov (L van der Westhuizen 59; T Moreki 3-33, K Kishun 2-35, C Delport 3-42). KZN Coastal won by 107 runs. Points: KZN Coastal 5 Namibia 0.

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