On-fire Inland demolish South Western Districts to win bonus point

2012-11-12 00:00

AN on-fire KZN Inland out-batted, out-bowled and out-fielded fancied South Western Districts to win their CSA Provincial One-day Competition encounter by 10 wickets at a baking Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

“With two consecutive 50-over wins we are building a winning culture, a sense of self-belief,” said a supremely satisfied Grant Morgan, the Inland coach.

A mark of Inland’s dominance was their needing just 48 of the scheduled 100 overs to demolish SWD, dismissing the visitors — who had won the toss and elected to bat — for 134 in 30 overs before smashing the target to smithereens by the 18th over.

Seamer Brady Barends was Inland’s bowling hero. His five for 34 in 10 overs included a hat€ -trick that had SWD punch drunk at four wickets for two runs by the fourth over. Inland’s batting maestro was

Divan van Wyk, who mixed bludgeon with caress in an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls (15 fours).

High on energy, Inland’s performance in the field was exceptional, exemplified by SJ Erwee’s two catches and a run-out. The chatter was also intense as Barends and supporting acts Yusuf Abdullah (two for 23 in eight) and Kyle Nipper (one for 19 in five) tested the SWD batsmen with just about every delivery.

SWD opener Christian Jonker hit a brave 82 off 75 balls (seven fours and four sixes) and was particularly severe on spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (one for 42 in four), but the next highest score was 15 and the innings included five ducks.

Van Wyk’s co-star was Abram Ndhlovu. The wicketkeeper backed up three successive catches in an immaculate display behind the stumps with a polished 45 not out at a run a ball as he and the Dolphins-contracted batter delivered a master-class in closing out a contest.

“Inland have sent out a strong signal that we are not to be underestimated and our players must realise that teams are going to start taking us seriously,” said Morgan. “So there’s a whole new dimension of challenges that lie ahead. This team is growing and we embrace those challenges.” Resuming on an overnight 130 for two, SWD lost eight wickets for 102 before Inland rattled up 151 for one to win the bonus-point race in a match that saw around 200 overs lost to rain.

SCORES IN BRIEF

50-over: SWD 134 in 30 ov (C Jonker 82; B Barends 5-34, Y Abdullah 2-23). KZN Inland 138/0 after 17.2 ov (D van Wyk 80*, A Ndhlovu 45*). Points: Inland 5 SWD 0.

3-day: SWD 1st inn 232 (L Mnyanda 48, A McLaren 32, C Jonker 61; R Pretorius 4-32,

K Nipper 3-46, S Mjekula 2-67). KZN Inland 151/1 (D van Wyk 69, N Hendrie 52*).

Points: Inland 5.02 SWD 2.64.

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