KZN Inland have it all to do in Potch

2011-03-24 00:00

THE North West Dragons play host to KZN Inland in Provincial Challenge Series cricket over the next four days at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, and for the lads of the KZN capital there is a lot of work to do if they are to finish the season on a high.

Yet it will not be easy for the Inland boys as they are without injured captain and all-rounder Kyle Nipper, as well as their best bowler this season by a country mile, paceman Brady Barends, who has earned a call-up to the Dolphins franchise side after a fine season that has seen him harvest 43 first-class wickets.

The short and tall of it is that Inland lie third-last on the 14-team Provincial Three-Day Challenge log and stone-last on the 40-over table. It has been a difficult season to say the least, although there have been some great moments with the call-ups to the Dolphins side of a number of their players during the season.

Inland have won just four matches out of a possible 24 in both competitions this season and that is simply not good enough. Inland. They have been meandering among the bottom four Provincial Challenge outfits over the last three seasons and there doesn’t appear to be any immediate light at the end of the tunnel.

To be brutally honest, the quality of Inland’s players of colour is simply not on a par with those in the other provinces, never mind the province’s white players, who haven’t exactly set the season alight either.

And those players of colour who have had their moments at times, such as Barends and fellow pacemen Kimeshan Chetty and Athi Maposa, are Durban-based cricketers, leaving very little home­grown Pietermaritzburg talent coming through as genuine first-class players.

TEAMS

KZN Inland: Brad Moses, Chad Barron, Glen Addicott, Tim Drummond (capt), Nic Hendrie, Tyler Lortan, Mbasa Gqadushe, Darryn Mortimer, Faheem Suleman, Kimeshan Chetty, Athi Maposa, Jarryd Phillips, Narvaar Harridave.

North West Dragons: Andries Huisamen, Werner Coetzee (capt), Kyllin Vardhan, Nicky van den Berg, Dwaine Pretorius, Warwick Abrahams, Dieter Klein, Malusi Siboto, Etienne Gerber, Johannes Diseko, Yusuf Bulbulia, Hussein Alli, Chris Jacobs.

KZN Coastal (vs Free State in Bloemfontein): Khaya Zondo (capt), Cody Chetty, Bradley Barnes, Byron Whatmore, Nashen Govender, Cameron Delport, Mthokozisi Shezi, Brendon Young, Gareth Roderick, Chad Bowes, Zain Patel, Chad Fortune, Vyash Gobind.

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