KZN teams wary of under-rated opponents

2013-11-14 00:00

BOTH the KwaZulu-Natal teams, Inland and Coastal, go into their Provincial Challenge matches against Griquas and Free State respectively from today to Sunday, and should have the home-ground advantage.

However, neither Inland coach Grant Morgan nor his Coastal counterpart Roger Telemachus are taking anything for granted against teams that have not fared as well as them so far this season.

“Griquas have only one or two guys without franchise experience and there is plenty of talent in the group. They will be a formidable side and we expect serious opposition,” Morgan told The Witness yesterday.

With the return to Inland of top-order batsmen Imraan Khan and Divan van Wyk from the Dolphins squad, Morgan lamented the fact that the likes of Matthew Pillans, Matt Hulett, Ruan Pretorius and Brad Moses will sit out the three-day game, but the latter two are back for Sunday’s 50-over clash.

“The guys left out have done a good job for us and will continue to play their part this season when our Dolphins boys may be unavailable,” said Morgan. “Preparation has not been ideal as we have had a long wait since our previous match, while league at club level has also been disrupted. But the boys got in some time in the middle, and should be ready both mentally and physically.”


KZN Inland at Maritzburg Oval: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Nick Hendrie, S.J. Erwee, Shane Burger (captain), Kyle Nipper, Mbasa Gqadushe, Graham Hume, Tabraiz Shamsi, Athi Maposa, Sinethemba Mjekula, Cyril Mthimkhulu, Yusuf Abdulla, Matt Hulett, Brad Moses, Ruan Pretorius.

KZN Coastal at Chatsworth Oval: Mishkal Ramsaroop, Daniel Sincuba, Jonathan Vandiar, Cameron Delport, Nashen Govender, Keshav Maharaj, Grove Venter, Tshepo Moreki, Daryn Dupavillon, Prenelan Subrayen, Mthokozisi Shezi, Brandon Scullard

One-Day: Jonathan Vandiar, Cameron Delport, Khaya Zondo, Daniel Sincuba, Grant Hodnett, Keshav Maharaj, Prenelan Subrayen, Grove Venter, Brandon Scullard, Kushen Kishun, Mthokozisi Shezi, Tshepo Moreki.

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