Kyle nips Border’s wicket frenzyin the bud

2011-01-07 00:00

CAPTAIN Kyle Nipper hit his maiden first-class century in the Provincial Challenge Series three-day cricket match between KZN Inland and Border at Buffalo Park in East London yesterday, as the visitors reached 182 for five at stumps.

On day one, in which just 55 overs were bowled, Border won the toss and elected to field, a decision they may have felt quite vindicated in taking after Inland slumped to 37 for four inside 13 overs and then 70 for five after barely two hours’ cricket.

But Border wicketkeeper/batsman and captain Abongile Sodumo was wringing his hands in consternation as the home side were unable to deliver the knockout blow, thanks largely to the 23-year-old Nipper’s unbeaten 101, which came up off 145 deliveries and included 15 fours.

The hard-hitting left-hander and former provincial hockey player is renowned for his nimble running between the wickets and he found willing partners in Mbasa Gqadushe and then former KZN Schools rugby player Brady Barends as the players went in at stumps without another wicket having fallen and 112 runs added for the sixth wicket.

Nipper, formerly of Maritzburg College and now with Standard Cricket Club, is better known as a slow left-arm orthodox spinner, but his batting is vastly underrated — better than his first-class average of 18 suggests — and perhaps this could be the knock that kicks on to bigger things in the future.

Border opening bowler Lucky Pangabantu decimated the Inland top order and had every right to feel aggrieved that his four wickets for 39 runs was not better supported by the rest of the home side’s attack. Ayabulela Gqamane was the only other local bowler who snapped up a wicket.

The Provincial Challenge Series 40-over match between the two sides takes place at the same venue on Sunday.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland first innings

M Olivier c Seyibokwe b Pangabantu22

T Drummond b Pangabantu4

B Moses c Sodumo b Gqamane23

J Phillips c Sodumo b Pangabantu0

C Barron c Sodumo b Pangabantu0

K Nipper not out101

M Gqadushe ret. hurt5

B Barends not out23

Extras (lb2, nb2)4

Total (5 wickets, 55 overs)182

Fow: 1-9, 2-35, 3-37, 4-35, 5-70

Bowling: Pangabantu 13-3-39-4, Myoli 5-0-26-0, Mbane 10-3-13-0, Gqamane 9-2-34-1, De Kock 10-1-35-0, Nqolo 6-1-23-0, Stander 2-0-10-0

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