Province have upper hand over Inland after day one at the Oval

2014-02-28 00:00

WESTERN Province held the edge over KwaZulu-Natal Inland at the end of day one of their CSA Three-Day Competition game at the Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday.

After bowling Inland out for 217 yesterday afternoon, Province started their innings solidly, and thanks to a quick-fire 57 off 52 balls by Protea Richard Levi, they finished the day on 140/3, trailing by 77 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Inland had a bad start as they lost opener Lepono Ndhlovu and number three Mbasa Gqadushe for one and eight within the first 10 overs of the game.

Both wickets were claimed by Brendan Young. Inland’s Sarel Erwee, who has been having a good season so far, continued with his good form as he attempted to anchor the innings for the home side. But, he kept losing partners at the other end at regular intervals.

After losing Suhail Razack for 17 by Thokozani Peter, coach Grant Morgan would have been confident when Bradley Moses walked onto the park. Unfortunately, Moses was soon back in the pavilion for a duck, and Peter had his second scalp.

Skipper Shane Burger, who was looking good, was run out by Alistair Gray for 17 off 19 balls, and Kyle Nipper was Peter’s third victim.

Ruhan Pretorius joined Erwee at the crease with Inland sitting on 108/6. The two put on a partnership of 58 runs before Erwee was trapped LBW by Young for 60. Pretorius followed soon — bowled by Peter for 36 — and Inland were in trouble at 173/8.

A ninth wicket partnership of 36 between Graham Hume and Matthew Pillans saw the home side reach the 200-run mark. Inland were eventually bowled out for 217.

Province’s innings started well with Protea Levi and Cape Cobras team-mate Omphile Ramela as they scored 81 runs for the first wicket. Levi, who was batting aggressively, smashed eight fours and two sixes as the visitors’ run rate peaked at over five runs an over.

Tabraiz Shamsi made the breakthrough as he had the dangerous Levi caught at short leg by Erwee. Ramela was joined by Matthew Kleinveldt at the crease, and they continued piling on the runs, putting together a partnership of 41.

Shamsi struck again and Ramela was the next man out (for 28), and Kleinveldt soon followed him, going out for 30.

Gray (13 runs) and Sybrand Engelbrecht (five runs) saw Province to stumps at 140/3, still trailing by 77 runs.

Scores in brief

KwaZulu-Natal Inland 217 all out (Sarel Erwee 60, Ruhan Pretorius 36, Thokozani Peter 4-42, Brendan Young 3-50)

Western Province 140/3 (Richard Levi 57, Matthew Kleinveldt 30, Tabraiz Shamsi 2-46, Matthew Pillans 1-17).

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