KZN Coastal lads beat Inland in rain-affected one-day match

2012-12-03 00:00

THE inclement weather that has plagued matches at the Maritzburg Oval this season continued to mess things up over the weekend during the KZN Inland versus KZN Coastal matches.

What could have been a tight finish in the CSA Provincial One-day Competition match yesterday was wrecked by the conditions. Inland’s excellent recovery from a parlous start was negated by the negative weather, which reduced the number of runs KZN Coastal required to win from 246 in 50 overs to 101 in 25 overs, unsurprisingly resulting in the Durban lads cantering home by nine wickets with 10 balls remaining.

In the weather-ruined three-day match, not a ball was bowled on Saturday due to the conditions, and just five overs on Friday, the fixture predictably ending in a draw with not even one completed innings into the bargain.

In the 50-over encounter yesterday, Inland suffered a disastrous power play after they had elected to bat, the first 10 overs realising just 23 runs and costing three top-order wickets, as well as 20% of their available batting deliveries.

Divan van Wyk went first ball, as did equally in-form opening partner Abram Ndhlovu, followed soon after by SJ Erwee and Inland were four runs for three wickets by the third over.

That they recovered to a highly competitive 245 for eight was a superb effort, with captain Kyle Nipper (84 runs, 109 balls, six fours) leading from the front.

Nic Hendrie (16) also played a valuable role in helping Inland recover, his fourth-wicket partnership with Brad Moses yielding 46 runs at a perilous stage. Moses (50, 76b, 6x4) then added 78 with his equally on-song captain, before Nipper and Ruhan Pretorius (51, 51b, 6x4) scampered 100 runs in as many deliveries for the sixth wicket; the running between the stumps a feature of the home team’s innings.

The Imbali-born Dolphins left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi (four for 41 in 10 overs) was the pick of the Coastal bowlers.

Facing a much-curtailed target, captain Chad Bowes, Khaya Zondo and Cameron Delport duly did the honours with the bat for Coastal.

SCORES IN BRIEF

50-over: KZN Inland 245/8 in 50 ov (Divan van Wyk 0, Abram Ndhlovu 0, Nic Hendrie 16, SJ Erwee 1, Brad Moses 50, Kyle Nipper 84, Ruhan Pretorius 51, Jared van Heerden 1, Mbasa Gqadushe 8*, Brady Barends 1*, Extras 33; Dane Paterson 6-1-12-2, Mthokozisi Shezi 10-1-41-4, Brandon Scullard 7-0-38-1, Calvin Savage 10-0-54-1, Cameron Delport 4-0-26-0, Kushen Kishun 3-0-11-0, Keshav Maharaj 10-0-47-0). (Duckworth/Lewis target 101 from 25 overs) KZN Coastal 104/1 in 23.2 ov (Chad Bowes 30*, Kaya Zondo 33, Delport 28*, Extras 13; Barends 2-0-16-0, Pretorius 6-1-16-1, Gqadushe 6-0-32-0, Van Heerden 5-0-14-0, Tabraiz Shamsi 3-0-18-0, Nipper 1-0-2-0, Moses 0.2-0-6-0). KZN Coastal won by 9 wickets with 10 balls remaining (D/L method).

Points: KZN Coastal 4 pts, KZN Inland 0 pts.

3-day: KZN Inland 1st inn 286/5 off 95 ov (Hendrie 40, Tyler Lortan 0, Erwee 44, Moses 71*, Ndhlovu 38, Nipper 69, Gqadushe 8*; Paterson 18-2-64-1, Scullard 19-4-51-1, Saidi Mhlongo 11-7-15-0, Zondo 6-0-22-0, Maharaj 29-2-75-3, Abdul Razak 12-1-46-0). Match drawn. Points: KZN Inland 3.72 pts, KZN Coastal 2 pts.

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