KZN Coastal edge Gauteng in Pro20, but lose in three-dayer

2013-03-25 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal cricket teams, Pietermaritzburg-based Inland and Durban-based Coastal, were involved in competitive CSA Provincial Competition matches in Kimberley and Johannesburg respectively at the weekend.

In the three-day competition, log-leaders Gauteng outplayed KZN Coastal by an innings and 125 runs.

An unbeaten century from Mathew Hulett, with able support from the lower-order batters, earned KZN Inland a draw against Griquas.

KZN Coastal end their season a likely 11th on the 14-team log, while KZN Inland are 12th with one round in hand, against Easterns in Benoni from April 4 to 7.

In Sunday’s Pro20 matches, KZN Coastal edged Gauteng by one run, while KZN Inland lost by seven wickets to Griquas, who reeled in the target with 13 balls to spare.

Coastal scored 135/6 in their 20 overs, with Jonathan Vandiar (37) complementing the star of the innings. Michael Alexander scored an unbeaten 63 off 45 balls that delivered three fours and four sixes.

In reply, second-placed Gauteng set themselves up perfectly, hitting 79 in 11 overs through openers Stephen Cook and Yassar Cook (no relation).

A target of 56 in 54 balls with 10 wickets in hand seemed a doddle, but Coastal responded in fine fashion for Gauteng to be shaded by one run, with the Durbanites ending their season in a creditable fourth place on the log.

KZN Inland are in 10th spot, with last-placed Easterns to play in Benoni on April 7.

Inland started superbly against Griquas, with SJ Erwee (38 off 20 balls) and first-wicket Kyle Nipper (43) discounting the loss of Brad Moses in the opening over with a partnership of 67 by the seventh over.

Hulett, Tyler Lortan and the rest just about kept up the momentum as Inland totalled 165/6 in their 20-over stint. However, Griquas outgunned the visitors in the end, opener Diego Rosier spearheading the onslaught with 74 not out from 46 deliveries (five boundaries, three sixes).

In the three-dayers, 21-year-old St Charles product Hulett’s third first-class century (117* off 187 balls, 11 fours, three sixes) along with Ruhan Pretorius (35), Brady Barends (36) and Tabraiz Shamsi (15*) took the Inland second-innings total from a worrisome 118/5 to a match-saving 319/7 declared.

In Johannesburg, talented Gauteng leg-spinner Eric Leie (5-41) and opening bowler Pumelela Matshikwe (3-31) destroyed any pretence KZN Coastal had of saving the match. Leie’s impressive match figures were eight wickets for 63 runs.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Pro20

In Johannesburg: KZN Coastal 135/6 in 20 ov (J Vandiar 37, M Alexander 63*; S Khan 2-16, S Burger 2-16). Gauteng 134/4 in 20 ov (S Cook 66, Y Cook 31; K Buckthorp 2-30). KZN Coastal won by 1 run. Points: KZN Coastal 4, Gauteng 0.

In Kimberley: KZN Inland 165/5 in 20 ov (S Erwee 38, K Nipper 43, M Hulett 36, T Lortan 24*; D Carolus 2-32, G Nieuwoudt 2-26). Griquas 166/3 in 17.5 ov (D Rosier 74*, A Swanepoel 41). Griquas won by 7 wickets. Points: Griquas 4, KZN Inland 0.

Three-dayer

In Johannesburg: KZN Coastal 1st inn 142 (J Vandiar 38, A Amla 32*; G Hume 4-33, S Khan 3-37, E Leie 3-22). Gauteng 1st inn 416/8 dec (D Conway 34, D Hendricks 176*, S Khan 51, Extras 43; P Subrayen 4-106). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 149 (A Amla 44, D Paterson 34; P Matshikwe 3-31, E Leie 5-41). Gauteng won by an innings and 125 runs. Points: Gauteng 19.84; KZN

Coastal 3.

In Kimberley: KZN Inland 1st inn 232 (N Hendrie 87, B Moses 32, K Nipper 35, B Barends 34; D Carolus 7-66). Griquas 1st inn 288 (A Swanepoel 51, G Nieuwoudt 98, J Steenkamp 37; S Mjekula 3-52, B Barends 3-77, R Pretorius 2-36). KZN Inland 2nd inn 319/7 dec (S Erwee 49, M Hulett 117*, R Pretorius 35, B Barends 36; J Steenkamp 3-66). Griquas 2nd inn 139/3 (A Kruger 61*, A Swanepoel 31; S Mjekula 2-26). Match drawn. Points: Griquas 7.76; KZN Inland 6.64.

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