KZN Inland desperate for a victory

2009-11-12 00:00

KZN INLAND go in search of their first victories of the 2009/10 season in Paarl over the next four days.

They will tackle Boland in the Provincial Challenge three-day series from today before Sunday’s 40-over bash.

As a team, and notwithstanding some individual highlights, Inland toiled in vain in Potchefstroom last time out, hanging on for a draw in the three-day clash and getting a hiding in the 40-over thrash next day.

Boland were not impressive against KZN Coastal in Durban last weekend either, escaping with a fortunate draw in the three-dayer and being outplayed in the one-dayer.

In the three-day format, and after four matches of 13 in this 14-team competition, Inland lie eighth, although they have played more times than four of the six teams below them.

The three-day series is led by Eastern Province with Western Province close behind, Gauteng and Northerns breathing down their necks and having a game in hand.

KZN Coastal, who have played one match less than Inland, are third from bottom, while Border are in the basement.

Boland are in fifth place.

The 40-over log sees Inland second-last and in desperate need of victory as many of the provinces, including last-placed Border, have games in hand over them.

Free State, North West and KZN Coastal fill the top three positions. Boland are in 10th spot.

Although it is an away round, it would seem that Inland must target this weekend for victory if they are to resurrect their campaign.

After Boland, it’s lowly Border at the Maritzburg Oval a week later.

If Inland can build some momentum in Paarl, it might just be possible that fans in the KZN capital can look forward to the team’s first victory at home.

KZN Inland sqaud:

Doug Watson (player/coach), Tim Drummond (capt), Kyle Nipper, Dipak Anand, Mario Olivier, Mbasa Gqadushe, Bradley Moses, Narvaar Harridave, Richard Hlela, Kimeshan Chetty, Glen Addicott, Oliver Humphries, Morné van Vuuren.

 

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