Rampant Free State batter Inland bowlers

2010-01-22 00:00

FREE State partnerships of 78 for the first wicket, 139 for the second and 96 for the third, have effectively put paid to KZN Inland’s hopes of a points harvest in their Provincial Challenge three-day cricket match in Bloemfontein yesterday.

After winning the toss, Free State declared on their overnight 376 for four in the allotted 85 first innings overs, and will get the chance to test Inland’s mettle with a new cherry from the first ball today.

Yes, the outcome of cricket matches can be astonishingly unpredictable at times, but after day one the only team left with serious pretensions of victory at the Outsurance Oval are captain Jonathon Beukes’s Free Staters.

Highly talented opening batsman Divan van Wyk plundered 153 in a five-hour knock that included 23 fours, before Inland’s Chad Barron ran him out.

The only bowler to pick up two wickets or more was occasional spinner Mbasa Gqadushe, with two for 49 in eight overs.

Meanwhile, at Kingsmead in Durban, Namibia trail KZN Coastal by 237 runs with eight first innings wicket still intact.

First innings 30/2 (J Kent 1-13, K Maharaj 1-2).

SCORES IN BRIEF

In Bloemfontein: Free State first innings 376/4 dec (D van Wyk 153, D Elgar 43, J Beukes 58, L Sesele 48; M Gqadushe 2-48, O Humphries 1-66, N Harridave 1-60, K Chetty 1-75).

In Durban: KZN Coastal first innings 267/9 dec (J Kent 158*, K Zondo 34; A Palladino 4-65). Namibia.

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