KZN Inland back to winning ways with 22-run victory over Easterns in Benoni

2011-02-21 00:00

THE KZN Inland cricket team got back to winning ways with an excellent 22-run victory over Easterns in the Provincial Challenge 40-over match at Willowmoore Park in Benoni yesterday.

After being asked to bat, Inland compiled 225 for six in their 40 overs before dismissing Easterns for 203.

The consistent Inland teenager, Tyler Lortan, scored 40 off 63 balls including five fours, while wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Drummond top-scored with 66 at more than a run a ball, despatching five deliveries to the boundary ropes.

Drummond, a world-class midfielder in the SA hockey team, is supremely fit and the intelligent running between the wickets of the Inland lads was a feature of their innings. All the batsmen, bar the not out Darryn Mortimer, got into double figures and the constant rotation of the strike during four partnerships in the forties added to the effectiveness of the Inland batters’ time out in the middle.

Off-spinner Brad Moses’s four for 23, including two wickets in two balls, delivered the killer blow to Easterns’ victory hopes as the Benoni men fell apart in the final run chase following half-centuries from Sean Liebisch and Rushdi Jappie, who shared a 112-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Inland opening bowler Brady Barends also had a satisfying day in the field. He dismissed Mpho Sekhoto with the first ball of the innings on his way to two for 25 in seven, pouched two catches and effected a run out.

The three-day match ended in a draw on Saturday after Inland came back strongly.

Captain Kyle Nipper’s side did well to restrict Easterns’ second innings to 210 after they had been 174 for five with two batsmen well set. Thanks to the bowling of Kimeshan Chetty, Mortimer and Athi Maposa, Inland were set a target of 214 to win.

The Maritzburg lads were 163 for four at the close, 51 runs short with six wickets in hand. If the top three had been able to get away to a quicker start, as they had in the first innings, it might have been back-to-back victories for Inland.

Next up, Inland meet South Western Districts at the Maritzburg Oval from Thursday to Sunday.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland

N Hendrie c Viljoen b Stanley28

B Moses c&b Mofokeng15

T Lortan b Hlengani40

G Addicott c Liebisch b Viljoen21

T Drummond b Stanley66

K Nipper c Viljoen b Liebisch19

C Barron not out15

D Mortimer not out3

Extras18

TOTAL (6 wickets)225

Fow: 1-41, 2-65, 3-110, 4-124, 5-172, 6-220

Bowling: Mofokeng 8-0-30-1, Viljoen 8-0-39-1, Stanley 8-0-52-2, Liebisch 5-0-40-1, Hlengani 8-0-40-1, Marshall 3-0-20-0

Easterns

M Sekhoto c Chetty b Barends0

R du Plessis c Barron b Chetty26

I Hlengani c Nipper b Barends4

R Jappie st Drummond b Lortan56

S Liebisch c Barends b Nipper56

L Ngoepe c Barends b Moses20

S O’Connor b Moses0

H Viljoen lbw b Moses17

J Rossouw run out (Barends)9

E Nyawo c Hendrie b Moses1

D Stanley not out1

Extras (b4, lb1, w6, nb2)13

Total (all out, 38.3 overs)203

Fow: 1-0, 2-24, 3-32, 4-144, 5-167, 6-171, 7-151, 8-201, 9-202, 10-203

Bowling: Barends 7-1-25-2, Chetty 6-0-35-1, Mortimer 6-1-27-0, Maposa 3-0-21-0, Nipper 8-0-44-1, Harridave 3-0-19-0, Moses 4.3-0-23-4, Lortan 1-0-4-1.

KZN Inland won by 22 runs.

Points: Inland 4 Easterns 0.

Three-Day scores in brief: Easterns first innings 209. KZN Inland first innings 206. Easterns second innings 210 (R Jappie 41; K Chetty 4-53, D Mortimer 2-19, A Maposa 2-39). Inland second innings 163/4 (S Maharaj 37, B Moses 57*, T Lortan 23*; S Liebisch 3-18). Match drawn. Points: Easterns 7.18 Inland 7.12.

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