Ollie Humphries stands firm for Inland

2010-01-09 00:00

KZN Inland lead log-leaders Easterns by 96 runs with nine second-innings wickets in hand as the SA Provincial Challenge three-dayer goes into its final day today, and it was the example of newly-promoted opener Ollie Humphries that set the tone.

The regular opening bowler added an undefeated 84 to his first-innings 57 and played an integral part in the home side’s unbroken second-wicket partnership of 130 with a determined Brad Moses, who was on 44 at stumps.

Further bold cricket by both sides today could set the match up for a decisive finish.

Usually a number eight or so for Inland, Humphries has taken his opportunity at the top of the order with both hands.

The Maritzburg Varsity man did not allow his competitive instinct to run riot and reined in the careless shots lower-order batsmen are inclined to play. When the going got tough — and it certainly did against leg-spin wiz Imran Tahir and the competitive Easterns seamers — Humphries was prepared to grit it out until the bad-ball good times inevitably presented themselves once again.

Patience during the unrewarding periods of play is the hallmark of a successful cricketer, be it with bat or ball, and Humphries made sure he was still there when the tide turned. A healthy slice of his 13 boundaries was the product of precision placement that pierced the field with the deceptive effortlessness that makes the pursuit of the summit that is perfection such a maddeningly alluring pastime.

After just less than two completed overs in the morning, the homeboys crucially broke the run-easy Easterns fourth-wicket stand of 103 when Tumelo Mosehle was caught behind by tidy Inland skipper Tim Drummond off on-song seamer Kimeshan Chetty.

Led by Jaco Booysen, the pair had added a breezy 95 at stumps after day one. Booysen eventually top-scored with 86 off 91 including 15 fours.

Prolific Easterns wicket taker Tahir, called up for the first time to South Africa’s squad for the Wanderers Test five days away, is a potential matchwinner in tomorrow’s 40-over bash — if he’s allowed to play.

In Oudtshoorn, KZN Coastal lead South Western Districts by 57 with six second-innings wickets intact.

SCOREBOARD

KZN Inland 1st inn 259

Easterns first innings

(Overnight 150/3)

T Bodibe lbw b Nipper32

R du Plessis c Moses b Harridave21

K Pienaar c Gqadushe b Harridave0

J Booysen lbw b Harridave86

T Mosehle c Drummond b Chetty42

R Jappie c Drummond b Chetty0

M Sekhoto c Addicott b Nipper74

S O’Connor b Nipper47

H Viljoen c Chetty b Nipper0

I Tahir b Chetty0

B Mathebula not out6

Extras (b2, lb1, w3, nb3)9

TOTAL (all out, 76.2 ov) 317

Fow: 1-55, 2-55, 3-55, 4-158, 5-163, 6-193, 7-273, 8-276, 9-277, 10-317.

Bowling: Humphries 12-1-59-0, Chetty 19-2-60-3, Harridave 18-6-52-3, Nipper 17.2-1-97-4, Hlela 5-0-36-0, Moses 5-0-10-0.

KZN second innings

M Olivier lbw b Viljoen14

O Humphries not out84

B Moses not out44

Extras (lb2, w1, nb9)12

Total (1 wkt, 40 ov) 154

Fow: 1-24.

Bowling: Viljoen 10-1-47-1, Mathebula 6-0-29-0, Tahir 13-5-31-0, O’Connor 5-0-25-0, Jappie 1-0-6-0, Pienaar 5-1-14-0.

SCORES IN BRIEF

KZN Coastal 1st inn 177 (P de Bruyn 77). SWD 1st inn 288 (N Bredenkamp 67, J Strydom 102, W Hantam 51; K Abbott 4-48, V Gobind 2-59). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 168/4 after 61 ov (B Barnes 59, K Zondo 59; R Hillermann 2-32).

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