Inland teach Coastal a lesson in cricket

2014-12-02 00:00

MAGNIFICENT bowling by Graham Hume, who had match figures of 9-71, was the catalyst in KZN Inland rushing KZN Coastal to a 100-run defeat at the Maritzburg Oval on Saturday.

Going into day three, Coastal needed 206 to win with nine wickets in hand and all day to do it, but the Inland attack produced a performance of disciplined bowling that swept aside the Durbanites.

Seam and swing bowler Hume was incredible, deceiving the Coastal batsmen with his box of tricks and backed up by the menace of fast bowler Matt Pillans.

Inland captain Shane Burger and Cyril Mthimkhulu also played significant roles, while leggie Abdul Razak and left-arm spinner Kyle Nipper kept it tidy.

Wicketkeeper Mbasa Gqadushe took eight catches in the match, while Hume’s caught-and-bowled effort to dismiss Daniel Sincuba was breathtaking.

Unheralded Inland number five Suhail Razack’s 47* under pressure was the ­innings of the match, followed by ­Nipper’s 60* in the first innings.

Coastal could only manage 105-9 in 41 overs on Saturday as Inland produced a bowling performance characterised by sticking to a game plan, making captain Burger’s field setting easier.

Coastal captain and opener Divan van Wyk was out caught behind off Pillans to the second ball of the day and that signalled the beginning of the end. Coastal never looked like winning and it was a matter of time before the Inland attack strangled them. Such was the magnitude of Inland’s win, they managed it in just 204 of the regulation 312 overs stipulated for a three-day match. Inland took 20 Coastal wickets for 264 runs at an average of 13 runs per wicket, needing only 84 overs to do the work.

Coastal’s batters showed glaring ­technical deficiencies at the crease and it was the most humiliating of defeats for a side that had around six players who have represented Dolphins this season. It is likely that only three Inland players out of 11 would have been picked by a Dolphins selection panel for a combined team selected from the 22 who played.

Yes, it was a three-day game, but the Inland lads are the reigning T20 and ­50-over national champions and have more than proved themselves in the shorter formats of the game.

Sunday’s CSA Provincial T20 ­Challenge match was abandoned due to the wet conditions.

Scores in brief

Inland 197 (Nipper 60*, 28; Dupavillon 3-44, Engelbrecht 2-35, Moreki 2-60, Makhanya 2-30) and 167 (Khan 33, Razack 47*; Dupavillon 2-45, Tshabalala 3-36, Smit 3-18)

Coastal 123 (Delport 20, Muthusamy 34, Dupavillon 25; Pillans 2-31, Hume 4-35, Burger 3-10) and 141 (Divan van Wyk 22, Smit 25, Moreki 25; Pillans 3-40, Hume 5-18).

Inland won by 100 runs.

Points: Inland 15.94, Coastal 4.

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