KZN Inland trek to Border for tough test

2011-01-06 00:00

COACH Doug Watson’s young KZN Inland team resume their Provincial Challenge three-day and 40-over campaigns when they take on coach Frank Plaatjes’s Border line-up in East London from today to Sunday.

There is no doubt that an underdone Inland side, not blessed with the best weather conditions with which to get back into the groove — and faced with an away game — are the underdogs, but if they are to continue on their upward curve it is just the sort of challenge that needs to be met. And nothing less than total commitment will do.

Yesterday’s 10-hour bus trip added to their difficulties, but Watson, contacted on the road somewhere between the KZN capital and the Eastern Cape coastal city, quipped that the best way for his players to be elevated to airline travel would be a harvest of runs and wickets.

Certainly, a flying start to the second half of the season would be the best Christmas gift Watson’s squad could present him with.

Accountancy student Ollie Humphries, the opening bowler and effective batsman, is not available due to his end-of-month Board exams. The SA Universities player will be missed.

“Ollie was willing to risk the time away from his books, but we need too look after his future outside the game as well,” said Watson. “Explosive batter Glen Addicott is best man at a wedding, which is another blow, as his form has warranted coach Graham Ford calling him up for Dolphins duty this season.”

Left-arm opening bowler Athi Maposa returns after injury and then cultural commitments, while ex-Kearsney, KZN Coastal Schools and Dolphins Academy batsman Jarryd Phillips will make his debut.

“Jarryd was a good run-scorer at school and his inclusion is also in keeping with Inland’s policy of introducing young talent to first-class cricket as early as possible with an eye to producing Dolphins players,” Watson added.

“Border are a good team but it’s up to our young side to start the New Year with a bang.”

And those are the sort of fireworks Watson will be hoping for over the next four days.

TEAMS

KZN Inland: Mario Olivier, Cheslyn Nhlapo, Tim Drummond, Brad Moses, Chad Barron, Kyle Nipper (capt), Rudi Hillermann, Jarryd Phillips, Mbasa Gqadushe, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Faheem Suleman, Athi Maposa. Coach: Doug Watson.

Border: Somila Seyibokwe, Shaun de Kock, Kevin Bennett, Romano Ramoo, Jerry Nqolo, Alec Stander, Abongile Sodumo (capt), Ayabulela Gqamane, Lundi Mbane, Lucky Phangabantu, Ayavuya Myoli, Siyabonga Booi, Lwando Lwana. Coach: Frank Plaatjes.

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