KZN sides make formidable starts to the season

2014-10-07 00:00

COACHES Roger Telemachus (KZN) and Grant Morgan (KZN Inland) were satisfied with their charges after the opening round of Sunfoil 3-Day Cup matches this weekend.

The KZN side took on Western Province at Kingsmead, coming away with a credible draw, while Inland travelled to Kimberley, beating Griquas by 47 runs in a see-saw affair.

At Kingsmead, a green wicket greeted the players on day one, meaning the toss was crucial. Divan van Wyk called incorrectly and at 7-4, his side were in deep trouble.

“Losing the toss put us under immense pressure and the scoreboard told the story,” said Telemachus. “Thankfully, Daniel Sincuba (80) and Tshepo Moreki (26) added 99, but we were all out for 128.”

Province’s bowling was spearheaded by Dane Paterson who, having spent a few seasons at Kingsmead, knew how to exploit the conditions.

“They declared just over 100 ahead of us, which I think was a mistake. A lead of 200 or 250 would have put pressure on us second time around,” said Telemachus. “On day three, the pitch was so docile, it was batting practice and all our batsmen got in, with Mishkal Ramsaroop reaching an undefeated 100.”

With the match going nowhere, it was mutually called off, KZN reaping three points and Province 6.6 points.

• Morgan’s men set the bar with their win, the coach confident of more victories as the season progresses. “Our win was a great start for us, considering we had some injuries leading up to the match,” he said. “Players put their hands up and responded admirably. Who knows, we could be serious challenges to win the three-day competition, but it’s about taking one day at a time and not getting ahead of ourselves.”

The new ball seamed around at the Diamond Oval, proving troublesome for both sides early in their innings. Inland were 11-3 and Griquas 21-3 in the first innings. It got worse for Inland second time around having to recover from 37-5, Suhail Razack (75) and Kyle Nipper (75) rescuing the sinking ship.

In the end, Inland set Griquas 203 to win and fought back to take the win and 17.14 points to the hosts’ 8.1 points.

Inland played a CSA Provincial T20 Challenge match against Griquas on Sunday, going down by five wickets after batting first and struggling to 111 all out with a ball to spare.

At Kingsmead, Telemachus called on senior Dolphins players Cameron Delport, Cody Chetty, Sibs Makhanya and Daryn Dupavillon to bolster the ranks in a CSA Provincial 50-over match against Western Province.

“They came to the party,” said Telemachus after KZN had chased down 254 to win by five wickets in the 39th over to get a bonus point. “Delport made a magnificent 126 from 102 balls and all the top-order batsmen got among the runs. It was encouraging.”

Next up for KZN is Northerns from 16 to 18 October at Centurion (SuperSport Park) and Inland host Free State at the PMB Oval from 23-25 October.

Both also play a 50-over match against their respective opposition, KZN on 19 October and Inland on 26 October.

3-Day Cup Scores

KZN 128 (Sincuba 80, Moreki 26; Peter 4-14, Paterson 3-24, Khan 3-29) & 208-2 (Ramsaroop 100*, Sincuba 55, Van Wyk 39)

WP 230-7 dec (Vallie 50, Fortuin 48, Puttick 36; Kirsten 4-62). Match Drawn

KZN Inland 257 (Burger 83*, Pretorius 43, Khan 39, Pillans 38; Coetzee 4-25, Bell 3-70) & 250 (Razack 75, Nipper 75; Jan Frylinck 4-41, Bell 3-48)

Griquas 305 (Swanepoel 124, Bell 98*; Nipper 5-58) & 155 (Rosier 43, Swanepoel 28; Mthimkhulu 3-18, Nipper 3-42). Inland won by 47 runs

Provincial

50-Over Challenge

WP 253-8 (Ngoepe 97, Vallie 67; Scullard 3-37, Dupavillon 2-40, Delport 2-44)

KZN 256-5 (Delport 126, Chetty 39; Khan 2-25)

KZN won by five wickets.

Provincial T20 Challenge

KZN Inland 111 (Ndhlovu 44; Frylinck 4-17, Coetzee 3-11)

Griquas 112-5 (Bell 35*, Kathrada 33; Mthimkhulu 2-15). Griquas won by five wickets.

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