KZN Inland beat Northerns to go to 2nd on log

2013-12-17 00:00

IT was a brilliant weekend for Grant Morgan’s KwaZulu-Natal Inland side who completed a fantastic double over Northerns in Centurion, winning both formats of the game.

On the back of a close win in the three-day version, Inland continued their good run of form and beat the home side convincingly by five wickets in their CSA Provincial One-Day Competition game played yesterday.

The win saw Inland leapfrog the South Western District (SWD), Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal Coastal on the log and into second place, level on 22 points with leaders Gauteng who have a better net run rate.

However, they will only know on Sunday if second place is how they will finish as the SWD are due to play against the North West in their final game.

Inland’s victory yesterday was set up by tight bowling as they bowled out the highly rated Northerns side for 189 in the 39th over.

Northerns’ batsmen didn’t really get going, with a number of them getting starts but failing to carry on to score big runs.

They started well with a 62-run partnership between Lerato Kgoatle and Francois le Clus.

Le Clus was eventually dismissed for 31, and Kgoatle soon followed on the same score. Having scored 62 without loss, Northerns then lost three wickets for just five runs with David Bunn, Graeme van Buuren and Heinrich Klaasen all recording ducks.

Qaasim Adams (38) and Lucas Manzini (27) tried to steady the innings, but it was not enough as they were finally dismissed for 189.

Matthew Pillans was the chief destroyer amongst Inland’s bowlers as he picked up three wickets for 37 runs. Yusuf Abdulla and Kyle Nipper both chipped in with two apiece.

Inland’s chase began in the worst possible way as they lost Lepono Ndhlovu to the very first ball. Two overs later they lost Sarel Erwee, who had made his intent clear as he scored 17 runs of just 12 balls, smashing three fours in the process.

After losing Erwee, they lost Tyler Lortan (19 off 18) and Kyle Nipper (5). But, Brad Moses on the other end remained and was soon joined by skipper Shane Burger.

They put on 89 runs together for the fifth wicket, and virtually led the side to safety.

Moses was eventually removed for 42, and that saw Ruhan Pretorius join Burger at the crease. The two put on the required runs to ensure that Inland left Pretoria victorious after reaching 194/5 in the 33rd over.

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