KZN derby on a knife-edge

2014-11-28 00:00

WITH 19 wickets falling on day one, as KZN Inland and KZN Coastal came to grips in the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday, there was much to savour.

Having won the toss, Inland were dismissed for 197 before Coastal struggled to 83 for nine when time was called with 15 overs remaining. Inland’s 114-run lead could prove vital.

The bowlers’ dominance was proven by the number of dismissals behind the stumps with the wicketkeepers instrumental in eight of them.

“The wicket was good, it was the right decision to bat first but every now and then the ball did something which made it interesting out there,” said Inland skipper Shane Burger.

“We didn’t bat as well as we could have but Kyle Nipper [60*, 150 minutes, 98 balls, 11 fours] showed the way with great attitude, was prepared to take body blows and was always ­positive,” said Burger.

Inland coach Grant Morgan said although the total was not what he wanted, not losing the customary three wickets in the first hour was a positive. “A top six batter [Nipper] went through the innings while the late-order effort in adding 45 for the last two wickets makes a difference.”

On the bowling front, Burger was pleased with the character shown — and the quality of catching. Seam and swing bowler Graham Hume (three for 11 in six overs) forced the Coastal batters to come forward and got the crucial wicket — the most telling point of the day — of the dangerous Cameron Delport.

“Graham always makes something happen. He sets the tone and does it day in and day out,” said Burger.

Assisted by the skipper and an aggressive shock bowler in Matt Pillans, Hume was superb.

“On day two we need to be ruthless, get the last wicket quickly and ensure our top-order come to the party, build a sizeable lead and then keep them under pressure,” said Burger. “Their team have some good cricketers and we can’t underestimate them.”

Sunday’s T20 match starts at 11 am and is a big one for defending champs Inland.


Inland 1st inn 197 in 60.4 ov (Kyle Nipper 60*, Shane Burger 28; Daryn Dupavillon 3-44, Rabian Engelbrecht 2-35, Tshepo Moreki 2-60, Sibonelo Makhanya 2-30). Coastal 1st inn 83/9 in 28 ov (Cameron Delport 20, Senuran Muthusamy 34; Matt Pillans 2-19, Graham Hume 3-11, Shane Burger 3-10).

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