KZN teams off to a good start in Provincial Three-Day Competition

2013-10-04 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal teams played themselves into good positions on day one of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Provincial Three-Day Competition matches in Pietermaritzburg and Durban yesterday.

At the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg, captain Shane Burger of KZN Inland won the toss and elected to field. This decision was vindicated by Namibia’s modest first innings total of 111. Inland were 214 for three at the close for a lead of 103 with seven wickets in hand.

Rangy Inland opening bowler Sinethemba Mjekula, steaming in from the Duzi End, did most of the damage. He used his deceptive pace, awkward bounce and disciplined line to pick up five for 28 in 14.3 overs. He was ably backed up by the rest of the attack, unlucky paceman Craig Alexander (one for 28 in 11 overs) and swing bowler Graham Hume (three for 28 in nine) maintaining the pressure at the other end.

Number 10 Tiaan Snyman, wielding the bat with intent, top-scored for Namibia with a lusty 33.

The Namibians dismissed Divan van Wyk in the first over, but had little else to cheer about as Imraan Khan and opener Nick Hendrie put on 172 for the second wicket. Khan, hitting the ball cleanly, scored 112 off 133 balls in three hours that included 17 quality boundaries. Hendrie made a watchful 60 with seven fours and a six.

At Kingsmead, KZN Coastal skipper Daryn Smit asked Northerns to bat. They were all out for 240. The KZN Coastal first innings had realised 157 for three at stumps, which the left the Durbanites 83 runs in arrears with seven wickets intact.

Cobus Pienaar top-scored with 54 for Northerns, while Calvin Savage (three for 37), Tshepo Moreki (three for 51) and Daryn Dupavillon (two for 61) did the damage with the ball for Coastal.

In reply, opener Jonathan Vandiar hit an impressive 91 off 117 balls for Durban, which included 16 fours and a six. Vandiar received able support from Coastal team-mate Sumanth Sunkari (30).

SCORES IN BRIEF

PMB Oval: Namibia first inn 111 (Tiaan Snyman 33, Sinethemba Mjekula 5-28, Graham Hume 3-31). KZN Inland first inn 214 for 3 (Imran Khan 112, Nick Hendrie 60, Brandon Viret 2-48).

Kingsmead: Northerns first inn 240 (Cobus Pienaar 54, Shaun von Berg 42, Juan de Villiers 31, Calvin Savage 3-37, Tshepo Moreki 3-51, Daryn Dupavillon 2-61). KZN Coastal first inn 157 for 3 (Jonathan Vandiar 91, Sumanth Sunkari 30).

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