Inland take on former team-mates

2011-02-24 00:00

IT will be a case of déjà vu when South Western Districts captain Ross McMillan and coach Garry Hampson arrive at the picturesque Maritzburg Oval this morning.

McMillan was the Inland captain a couple of seasons ago and played alongside Hampson in that team, while the latter was also manager of playing affairs at Inland.

They will meet up with former Inland team-mates Brad Moses and Glen Addicott, players with whom they have shared many memorable moments on the field, except this time they are on opposing sides in the Provincial Three-Day Challenge match that takes place from today until Saturday, and then again in Sunday’s 40-over bash.

SWD are currently fifth in the three-day competition and Inland lie in 10th place on the 14-team log, while the men from Oudtshoorn are standing in seventh spot in the 40-over format with Inland in 13th position.

McMillan has had a stellar season at SWD. The all-rounder is the heaviest run scorer (779) in the three-day competition, having scored three centuries and four fifties, and is also the most economical bowler, while fellow SWD top-order batsman Neil Bredenkamp (692) is not far behind in the run stakes.

And as far as dismissing the SWD top order is concerned, Inland’s trump card is probably opening bowler Brady Barends, who is the joint leading wicket-taker in the three-day format with 42 scalps to his name.

The hard-hitting Addicott is Inland’s most successful batsman to date and the Oval faithful will be hoping against hope that he gets on top of McMillan’s bowling attack, although SWD’s standout leather flingers, Gurshwin Rabie (ex-WP), Wessel Hartslief, William Hantam and McMillan himself might have a thing or two to say about that.

 

TEAMS

KZN Inland: Nic Hendrie, Sanvir Maharaj, Brad Moses, Glen Addicott, Tim Drummond, Tyler Lortan, Kyle Nipper (capt), Darryn Mortimer, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Athi Maposa, Mbasa Gqadushe, Narvaar Harridave, Chad Barron. Coach: Doug Watson.

SWD: Ross McMillan (capt), Sammy-Joe Avontuur, Burton de Wett, Niel Bredenkamp, Brendon Louw, Pieter Stuurman, William Hantam, Stephan Grobler, Wessel Hartslief, Gurshwin Rabie, Douglas Baartman, Roelof Hugo, Erin Ewerts. Coach: Garry Hampson. Manager: Byron Andrews.

KZN Coastal (vs Boland in Paarl): Khaya Zondo (capt), Cody Chetty, Matthew Hulett, Bradley Barnes, Abdul Haq Razak, Keagan Eccles, Byron Whatmore, Nashen Govender, Divan van Wyk, Cameron Delport, Kushen Kishun, Sumanth Sunkari, Vyash Gobind, Brendon Young. Coach: Simon Sakhele.

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