New coach arrives with fresh ideas for underperforming Inland

2011-09-29 00:00

THERE was no hiding the steely glint in the eye of new KZN Inland senior cricket coach Anton Roux when The Witness interviewed him at the province’s Maritzburg Oval headquarters this week.

“One of my long-term goals is to make sure talented cricketers in the area filter into the Inland union after school and are not dispersed all over the country,” says the Pretoria Boys’ High product, who has returned from coaching Amsterdam Cricket Club. He is also assistant coach to the Netherlands’ national team.

Roux (30) arrives in Pietermaritzburg with a blank sheet and holds no allegiances to anyone. “I’m still looking for a house,” he smiled ruefully.

“I am a fresh face with fresh ideas, no ties to a school or club, and if I look at recent Inland fielding practices, the guys are nowhere near the intensity I expect.

“The mindset is not so much for me to change, the players themselves must change from within, as a group and individually.”

While he knows Inland have underperformed, Roux says he thrives under pressure.

“My major role is to ensure Inland do well. We have got a few contracted Dolphins players available to us and I am close to signing a South African guy who is playing in Holland.”

Apart from Devon Conway, Glen Addicott and Tabraiz Shamsi, who can play for Inland if not needed by the Dolphins, Inland have signed Kyle Nipper, Divan van Wyk, Brady Barends, Attie Maposa, Kimeshan Chetty, Mbasa Gqadushe and Maritzburg College captain Calvin Savage on 12-month semi-professional deals.

But Roux is looking further head. “I have been a school, club, provincial and overseas player so I know how schoolboys with first-class aspirations feel. To me age is not an issue; if you’re good enough you will play, whether you’re 16 or 36 …

“The Inland team is open to everyone. The squad will remain at about 20, but within those 20, players will come and go according to form.”

Meanwhile, Pietermaritzburg umpire Bryan Mantle has been included on the first-class umpires’ panel and will be third umpire in the Dolphins versus Titans SuperSport Series match at the Oval from October 6 to 9. A preview of Oppenheimer Week and the U14 Michaelmas Hilton Cricket Festival will appear in tomorrow’s Witness.

KFC T20 RESULTS

Quarter-finals: Varsity 146/4 (Tyler Lortan 70). Lancashire 140/5. Varsity won by 6 runs.

Northern Districts 88. Midlands 89/3 (Mario Olivier 45*). Midlands won by 7 wkts.

Young Natalians 200/2 (Shaun Fourie 136*, G. Addicott 49). Standard 94/9. YN won by 104 runs.

Zingari 167/5 (Nic Hendrie 54). Northern Natal 34. Zingari won by 133 runs.

Semi-finals: Varsity 164/4 (Dukes 42*). Zingari 154/4. Varsity won by 10 runs.

Young Natalians 191 (Mbasa Gqadushe 80). Midlands 85. YN won by 106 runs.

Plate Final: Standard 140/7 (Scott Tarr 42). Lancashire 129. Std won by 11 runs.

Cup Final: Young Natalians 128. Varsity 124. YN won by 4 runs.

MVP: Shaun Fourie (Young Natalians).

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