KZN Inland crush Namibia by nine wickets

2013-02-02 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland delivered a crushing nine-wicket win over Namibia on just the second day of the CSA Provincial Three-Day Challenge match in Windhoek yesterday.

The victory, with a day to spare, earns Inland a much-needed 15,54 log points and stands them in good stead with respect to achieving their goal of a mid-table finish this season, which would be their best ever at first-class level.

Namibia’s second innings yesterday was not much better than their first knock, which yielded just 128 runs, and once again it was Inland opening bowler Ruhan Pretorius who was in match-winning form, picking up five for 40 as the home team were out for 182.

Pretorius’s dream match left him with a remarkable match haul of 12 wickets for just 76 runs in 24.2 overs.

He delivered what Inland have been crying out for all season — a match-winning bowler who can destroy an innings in the minimum amount of time, which then speeds the game up considerably and allows the batsmen to play freely.

Inland, who had made a modest 177 in their first dig, then launched for victory on the back of SJ Erwee’s unbeaten 68 off 80 balls that included eight fours and a six, as well as Abram Ndhlovu’s 61 off 74 balls that was also studded with eight fours and a six.

The T20 match is scheduled for tomorrow.

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