KZN Inland trail by 244 runs

2012-10-06 00:00

KZN Inland trailed Eastern Province by 244 runs with 10 second-innings wickets in hand at close of play on day two of the three-day CSA Provincial Competition match at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

In their second knock, Inland were 28 for no wicket at the close of play and they face a challenge today, the final day, to avoid defeat.

Resuming on an overnight 45 after his side had dismissed Inland for 189 on Thursday, Eastern Province opener Michael Smith was eventually out for 155 — scored in just under six hours with 19 boundaries and a six — yesterday as his team steamrollered to 461 for seven declared.

His score was the backbone of the total and he received admirable support from James Price (80), Lee Walters (54) and a number of other batsmen who scored into the twenties, thirties and forties.

For Inland, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took three for 106 from 30 overs, with four other bowlers picking up a wicket each.

On Thursday, opener Chad Barron top-scored for Inland with 52 , which was scored in five hours off 213 balls and included eight fours.

Barron and Nabeel Bhayla put on 43 for the first wicket.

Apart from Barron, the top five batsmen were all dismissed when in the twenties, if you include Bradley Moses’ 18 in that group.

Inland were 94 for two in 40 overs and then 137 for three before wickets fell at regular intervals. The wickets were shared between Eastern Province’s four frontline bowlers.

The limited-over match takes place tomorrow.

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