Inland’s top order crumple

2009-10-10 00:00

KZN Inland’s top-order woes continue to hamper the home side’s hopes of establishing a solid platform for their innings – and indeed a chance of winning matches.

And so it proved on day two of the three-day SA Provincial Challenge match against KZN Coastals yesterday.

Resuming overnight on 133 for two in reply to Inland’s first-innings 171, Coastals weathered a concerted fightback by the home team to post 309.

Opening partnerships of four, three, 12, five and two have been the short summary of Inland’s five innings at this early stage of the season.

The consequence at the Maritzburg Oval in Alexandra Park yesterday was that Inland’s second innings crumbled to 11 for three, Mthokozisi Shezi and Coastals captain Quinton Friend again doing the damage, before a 46-run partnership between player/coach Doug Watson and Brad Moses stabilised matters in the face of a dominant Coastals.

When bad light brought proceedings to an end well before the scheduled close, Inland were 57 for three with Watson on a gutsy 30 and Moses’s score reading eight. This leaves Inland 81 runs in arrears with seven wickets intact, but a full day still left Saturday to stay in the match. The weather forecast is very gloomy, as it is for Sunday’s 45-over match between the two sides at the same venue, so Inland may escape with a draw.

Coastals do have the advantage of being able to field a number of KZN Dolphins contracted players to Inland’s none, but being denied by the weather would be unfair for the Durban team as they have comfortably played the better cricket in the match.

That said, Inland opening bowlers Richard Hlela and Lyndon Brown bowled a far better line and length than they did on Thursday afternoon and the result saw Coastals being forced to earn every run for the bulk of yesterday’s morning session.

Khaya Zondo could only add 10 painstaking runs to his overnight 52 while Greg Fotheringham, who strode out to the middle after just 10 balls had been bowled in the morning was still there when Friend joined him for the pair to steer Coastals away from Inland with a vital seventh-wicket partnership of 85.

Hlela continued his marked improvement to end with four sticks while Brown and left-arm spinner Kyle Nipper got two apiece.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland first innings 171

KZN Coastal first innings

L Bosman b Harridave58

C Delport c Drummond b Hlela12

K Zondo c Anand b Hlela62

C Chetty c Drummond b Hlela8

G Fotheringham c Watson b Brown63

B Barnes b Nipper25

K Maharaj lbw b Nipper0

Q Friend run out (Olivier/Drummond)63

S Mlongo c Gqadushe b Brown2

M Shezi not out0

M Saliwa c Drummond b Hlela0

Extras (b4, lb1, nb1, w3)9

TOTAL (all out, 91.4 overs) 309

Fow: 1-46, 2-111, 3-133, 4-158, 5-195, 6-195, 7-280, 8-284, 9-309.

Bowling: Hlela 26.4-4-103-4, Brown 24-2-85-2, Nipper 22-2-67-2, Harridave 19-3-49-1.

KZN Inland second innings

M Olivier c Bosman b Friend5

D Anand b Shezi1

B Moses not out8

G Addicott lbw b Shezi5

D Watson not out30

Extras (b4, nb3, w1)8

TOTAL (for 3 in 15 overs) 57

Fow: 1-2, 2-6, 3-11.

Bowling: Friend 7-1-17-1, Shezi 7-2-27-2, Saliwa 1-0-9-0.

Start of play: 9 am.

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