Inland’s experience to count in Kimberley

2010-11-11 00:00

CAPTAIN Kyle Nipper’s KZN Inland team have had a fortnight to reflect on what went wrong against Western Province and go into their three-day and 40-over Provincial Challenge encounters against Griquas with renewed determination.

The De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley is the setting from today to Sunday, and while it may not quite match the splendour of Newlands — and Big Hole country is not exactly Cape Town — coach Doug Watson’s Inland lads will surely not run into the same mean machine as they did in the Western Cape.

Griquas have a young side, and in the likes of captain Aubrey Swanepoel and Charl Pietersen they have formidable players at this level of the game.

However, the relative inexperience of the Kimberley diamonds should be in the Maritzburg lads’ favour.

In Chad Barron, Brad Moses, Tim Drummond, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Devon Conway and company Inland have proven performers in Provincial Challenge cricket

They will fancy their chances of emerging from the Big Hole with a bagful of points.

However, this sentiment will not be shared by Griquas, who lie fifth on the three-day log, six points behind second-placed Inland but with one game in hand.

And it gets a little better for the Griquas in the 40-over format, as they are placed 10th to Inland’s 14th and last spot, with five points under their belts while Inland have yet to get off the mark.

Not too much can be read into this, though, as the season is still in its infancy and what counts is the action out in the middle.

Although they have played more Provincial Challenge matches than Inland and Griquas at this stage, Gauteng’s Highveld Strikers lead both logs while KZN Coastal, who host Border at Kingsmead this weekend, are third in the three-day stakes and at mid-table in the 40-over format.

And while they have played one round less than the Durban boys, the East London lads are having a more modest season, and coach Sakele Simon must back his Coastal boys to get the best out of this one.

 

TEAMS

KZN Inland: Bradley Moses, Chad Barron, Tim Drummond, Mbasa Gqadushe, Kyle Nipper (capt), Mario Olivier, Faheem Suleman, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Cheslyn Nhlapo, Oliver Humphries, Rudy Hillerman, Devon Conway.

Griquas: Aubrey Swanepoel (capt), Aloysius Seleka, Tumela Bodiba, Roy Adams, Jason Brooker, Charl Pietersen, Zandré Swartz, JP Triegaardt, Reggie Modise, Deon Carolus, Cheslin Barnes, Revelation Plaatjie.

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