KZN Inland in promising position, Boland skipper puts on a fight

2013-01-04 00:00

COACH Grant Morgan’s KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket team played themselves into a promising position on day one of the CSA Provincial One-day Competition match at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

Boland were bowled out for 222 in their first innings and Inland were 87 for two at the close, still 135 behind, but with a handy eight wickets intact.

Having won the toss on a hot and steamy morning, Inland elected to field. It was a good decision as Boland were 55 for five during the opening session before captain Ryan Canning led from the front with a fighting century that made the remaining five wickets much harder work for the Inland bowlers.

“We battled a bit to get the back five wickets, but if you had given us 220 at the start of play we would have taken it,” said Morgan.

“Our bowlers all played a role, it was a collective effort, they shared the wickets; our catching was good, so generally I am pleased …”

Sinethemba Mjekula and captain Kyle Nipper picked up two wickets apiece, with Tabraiz Shamsi getting three and Brady Barends, Ruhan Pretorius and Tyler Lortan bagging one each. Wicketkeeper Abram Ndhlovu pouched three catches and Brad Moses took two.

Canning’s was the last wicket to fall and his 113, which was scored off 224 deliveries and included 13 boundaries, is the wicketkeeper/batsman’s sixth first-class century.

He added 57 for the sixth wicket with Petrus Jeftha and 57 for the eighth wicket with Ferisco Adams.

Morgan praised the quality of Canning’s innings. He also found much that was positive about the confident manner in which Nic Hendrie (31 not out, 78 balls, two fours, one six) and Moses (45 not out, 49 balls, five fours, one six) rescued the Inland total from a perilous 12 for two during an unbroken partnership of 75.

Today’s first two sessions could decide this match, although, weather permitting, there is still plenty of cricket scheduled for tomorrow’s third and final day, during which fortunes could change once again.

The CSA Provincial One-day Competition match (50-over) is on Sunday.

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