Namibia have the edge over KZN Inland in tough outing

2009-03-04 00:00

KZN Inland meet Namibia from today to Sunday at the Maritzburg Oval, and indications are it will be another tough outing for the home side.

Experienced Inland all-rounder and former captain Andre van Vuuren is unavailable, while player/coach Doug Watson has opted to sit out.

Watson told The Witness yesterday it was time to give others a chance.

“We are out of the three-day competition so it’s an ideal opportunity to have a look at other players who have done well for their clubs,” he said. “Mario Olivier of Midlands, Lyndon Brown of Zingari and Varsity’s Narvaar Harridave deserve a chance, while young Brendon Jones of Standard is an opening batsman who came really close.”

Watson is also pleased with the way several players have come on this season. “Richard Hlela, Tim Drummond, Ollie Humphries and Glen Addicott have taken their chances,” he said. “And, who knows? Our maths guru tells me we have an outside chance of reaching the 45-over semi-finals if we beat Namibia and earn a bonus point.”

The 45-over match, where Inland lie fifth on the Pool B log and Namibia third, is on Sunday.

Both sides are in their last matches of the season, and statistics suggest Namibia have the edge.

As a comparison, Namibia drew with Border, Free State and Northerns in Pool B three-dayers, while KZN Inland drew with Free State and were hammered by Border and Northerns. Inland also drew with WP and North West, while Namibia thrashed WP and in turn were thrashed by North West.

TEAMS: KZN Inland: Ross McMillan (capt), Mario Olivier, Tim Drummond, Glen Addicott, Kevershan Padayachee, Mbasa Gqadushe, Morne van Vuuren, Oliver Humphries, Sashen Dorasamy, Kyle Nipper, Lyndon Brown, Richard Hlela, Clement Mvovo, Narvaar Harridave, Devon Ryland.

Namibia: not supplied.

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