Northerns poised for big win over KZN Inland

2010-03-27 00:00

AFTER blasting KZN Inland out for 154 on day one, Northerns continued on their merry way with an impressive 360 for seven declared. Inland started their second dig disastrously to be two for three until recovering to 173 for five at the close of a busy second day of the Provincial Challenge three-day match at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday. Inland go into day three needing 34 more runs to make Northerns bat again.

After a 125-run opening stand on Thursday afternoon, Northerns stuttered to 160 for four yesterday, with Kyle Nipper striking three times. But a major 134-run stand for the fifth wicket between Chris Schoeman (95) and Graeme van Buuren (86) righted Northerns’ listing ship and set them up to have a full tilt at the home side in their second innings.

And as in the first dig, Inland had a shocking start, but even more disastrous this time because instead of 13 for two, it was three for four and the writing appeared to be on the wall. But skipper Tim Drummond and Glen Addicott, as well as Nipper — who followed up his five for 143 with a 30 — kept Northerns at bay.

In Bloemfontein, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal trail Free State by 146 runs with three wickets remaining in the first innings after bad light stopped play on the second day yesterday.

Tomorrow sees the respective 40-over matches at the same venues.

Meanwhile, here’s something to ponder over the weekend. No fewer than 13 of the 22 Dolphins and KZN Coastal players this weekend are “non-white”, and accordingly nine are white. Just as an aside, the term “players of colour” is nonsensical as “white” is also a colour, while “black” hardly describes some of the lighter-skinned players among the “non-whites”.

Add the six “non-white” players in the Inland XI and you have 19 of the 33 players being “non-white” in the three KZN first-class sides.

That almost 60%. The point is, on average you will battle to find 30% “non-white” players in the top KZN cricket schools’ first XIs, so where have all the 70% “white” top school first XI cricketers gone? Clearly a lot are falling by the wayside, while a high number of the “non-white” guys are kicking on to first-class cricket.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland 154

Northerns first innings

H van de Dussen run out (Gqadushe)52

F le Clus b Nipper77

D Hewitt lbw b Nipper2

M Mokonyama c Barends b Nipper0

C Schoeman st Drummond b Nipper95

G van Buuren b Nipper86

A Ndlovu lbw b Humphries14

M Mashimbyi not out9

E Links not out16

Extras (b6, w1, nb2)9

TOTAL (7 wkts, 88 overs)360

Fow: 1-125, 2-131, 3-131, 4-160, 5-294, 6-335, 7-335

Bowling: Hlela 4-1-19-0, Tarr 4-0-23-0, Barends 15-3-45-0, Humphries 5-0-29-1, Harridave 15-2-47-0, Nipper 34-2-143-5, Gqadushe 7-1-30-0, Moses 4-0-18-0

KZN Inland second innings 173 for 5 (G Addicott not out 80, T Drummond 45, K Nipper 30; M Mashimbyi 2-15, G van Buuren 2-40).

SCORES IN BRIEF

In Bloemfontein: Free State 1st inn 329/9. KZN Coastal 1st inn 183/7 (M Boote 59, S Simpson 30). Bad Light.

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