KZN Inland bounce back with 40-over win at the Oval

2010-03-01 00:00

SHAKING off the disappointment of losing the three-dayer just 24 hours earlier, KZN Inland beat second-placed Gauteng by three wickets with 11 balls to spare in the Provincial 40-Over Challenge at Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

The exciting victory sees Inland jump one place up the table to be placed third-last at this stage, while second-placed Gauteng drop back to fourth place as Northerns and KZN Coastal leapfrog over them.

Inland got the start they have lacked so often this season. Skipper Tim Drummond and Mario Oliver put on 98 in 16 overs before first the wicket.

Glen Addicott increased the tempo as they stepped up boldly to the challenge of hauling in Gauteng’s 229/6 before the Inland lower-order batters polished it off in emphatic style

Having won the toss, Gauteng looked like they were going to dominate from the outset. Jean Symes and Stephen Cook put on 85 at six to the over, but slow, left-arm orthodox Morne van Vuuren got them both with fellow spinner Kyle Nipper snaring one in between.

In the three-dayer, Gauteng won by 10 wickets with 64 overs to spare on Saturday, having dictated the game from day one.

The last morning was remarkable. Inland had fought back to an impressive 141/2 in their second dig, just 22 runs behind Gauteng’s first innings of 349/6 when mayhem ensued. Inland lost five wickets in 17 deliveries.

Gauteng left-arm mystery spinner Tabraiz Shamsi got four of them — three bowled and one lbw — and it was virtually game over.Shamsi, who has just turned 20, picked up eight wickets in the match, further enhancing his blossoming reputation.

The defeat, coupled with second-last Namibia’s shock eight-wicket drubbing of home team Western Province, sees Inland firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table with a major challenge on their hands if they are to end anywhere else at this late stage, with just three games left.

Inland have a few days’ break before they travel to Windhoek to meet Namibia from Thursday to Sunday.

At Kingsmead, a match-winning 4-21 from spinner Keshav Maharaj and 3-25 by in-form seamer Kyle Abbott saw KZN Coastal beat log leaders Griquas by 16 runs in a low-scoring 40-over match.

Coastal jump to joint second on the log behind Northerns.

SCOREBOARD

Gauteng

J Symes c Addicott b Van Vuuren66

S Cook c Gqadushe b Van Vuuren30

R Cameron b Nipper2

T Bavuma c Van Vuuren b Gqadushe24

D van Wyk c Gqadushe v Barends56

G Mokoena c Chetty b Moses13

K Moothosamy not out23

G Thomson not out7

Extras (b2, lb2, w4)8

Total (6 wkts, 40 overs)229

Fow: 1-85, 2-88, 3-114, 4-140, 5-159, 6-220

Bowling: Chetty 3-0-14-0, Harridave 6-0-35-0, Humphries 4-0-26-0, Nipper 8-0-30-1, Van Vuuren 8-0-38-2, Gqadushe 5-0-33-1, Moses 3-0-23-1, Barends 3-0-26-1.

KZN Inland

T Drummond c Symes b Shamsi41

M Olivier c Cameron b Shamsi65

G Addicott c Govender b Symes56

K Nipper b Das Neves19

B Moses b Cameron1

M van Vuuren lbw b Thomson7

O Humphries st Van Wyk b Thomson10

M Gqadushe not out10

C Nhlapo not out3

Extras (b7, lb3, w9)19

Total (7 wkts, 38.1 overs)231

Fow: 1-98, 2-130, 3-163, 4-166, 5-197, 6-200, 7-221.

Bowling: Mafa 5-1-28-0, Govender 2-0-22-0, Symes 7-0-38-1, Shamsi 8-1-37-2, Das Neves 7-0-55-1, Cameron 7-0-33-1, Thomson 2.1-1-8-2.

Inland won by 3 wkts. Points: Inland 4 Gauteng 0.

Scores in brief - 3 Day: KZN Inland 1st inn 186. Gauteng 1st inn 349/6. Inland 2nd inn 177 (B Moses 73, G Addicott 30; T Shamsi 5-72, J Symes 2-39). Gauteng 2nd inn 15/0. Gauteng won by 10 wkts. Points: Gauteng 17.68 Inland 5.72.

Scores in brief - 40-Over: KZN Coastal 151 (C Delport 28; R Pietersen 2-36, A Mabuya 2-18, A Swanepoel 2-23, W Bossenger 2-30) Griquas 135 (A McLaren 38, G Cloete 31; K Maharaj 4-21, K Abbott 3-25). Coastal won by 16 runs. Points: Coastal 4 Griquas 0.

3-Day: Griquas 1st inn 154. KZN Coastal 1st inn 314/8 (B Barnes 157, C Chetty 31, M Bekker 38; R Pietersen 2-46, D Carolus 3-65). Griquas 2nd inn 121/1 (R Hendricks 69*, G Cloete 30). Draw. Points: Coastal 8.36 Griquas 4.08.

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