Inland third after T20 win

2014-01-20 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland have started the CSA Provincial T20 Competition with a bang after a convincing eight wicket win over Border at the Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday.

The win came after Inland had lost a close three-day game against the same opposition the previous day by one wicket.

Having won the toss, the home side sent Border in to bat and restricted them to just 112/8 in their 20 overs.

For Border, the only innings of note were from Darryl Brown who scored 39 off 46 balls, and Shaun de Kock who made 20 off as many balls.

Ruhan Pretorius was the best bowler for Inland, taking three wickets for just 18 runs in his four overs.

Inland’s chase started in the worst possible way when Lucky Pangabantu bowled Proteas Test cricketer and Dolphins star Imraan Khan off the very first ball for a golden duck. The 32-year-old veteran struck again when he had Sarel Erwee leg before wicket for just seven.

Matt Hulett then joined Divan van Wyk, Inland’s other Dolphins star at the crease, and they proceeded to take the game away from Border in impressive fashion.

Van Wyk scored 51 off just 50 balls and Hulett weighed in with 53 from 59 as the two put on an unbeaten stand of 102 that eventually saw Grant Morgan’s team reach the target with just seven balls remaining.

The win puts Inland, the winners of the 50-over competition, third on the T20 table behind the North West at the top and Western Province in second.

Although they’ve been beaten just twice in the three-day format, they are still way off the pace and see themselves sit in seventh spot.

That competition is also led by the North West and Western Province.

Next, Inland go to Boland Park in Paarl to take on Boland, before heading to Durban the following week to take on KZN Coastal in a KZN derby.

SCOREBOARD

Border 112/8 (Darryl Brown 39, Shaun de Kock 20, Ruhan Pretorious 3-18, Matthew Pillans 2-28).

KZN Inland 113/2 (Matt Hulett 53, Divan van Wyk 51, Lucky Pangabantu 2-16).

KZN Inland won by eight wickets with seven balls remaining.

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