Resurgent Inland’s three-day delight

2012-11-26 00:00

THERE was much cause for celebration in the KZN Inland camp this weekend after the perennial underachievers continued their CSA Provincial Competition renaissance under new coach Grant Morgan with a rare three-day victory.

At Buffalo Park in East London on Saturday, captain Kyle Nipper and his Inland lads completed a superb match in which they dominated every session in beating a more-than-decent Border side by seven wickets for a heartily welcomed 18-point harvest.

And Inland were on course for an unprecedented third consecutive 50-over victory yesterday but eventually fell a productive over short of hauling in the impressive target set by Border.

Meanwhile in Chatsworth, the first day having been rained out without a ball being bowled was enough to ensure that KZN Coastal and Western Province wouldn’t have sufficient time to get an outright result in their three-day affair.

And in yesterday’s 50-over encounter there was more frustration for captain Chad Bowes and his KZN Coastal team-mates, who had more than enough deliveries in hand but ran out of wickets in falling just 10 runs short of overhauling the target.

The stage has been set for a fascinating four days’ cricket at the Maritzburg Oval from Thursday when Inland and Coastal meet in the long-awaited KZN derby.

SCORES IN BRIEF

3-Day

In East London: KZN Inland 1st inn 305. Border 1st inn 113. Border 2nd inn (following on) 387/7 dec (V Makhaphela 165*, D Brown 49, M Nqolo 73; T Shamsi 2-95). KZN Inland 2nd inn 196/3 (N Hendrie 61*, B Moses 45*, K Nipper 47). KZN Inland won by 7 wickets. Points: KZN Inland 18.1 pts; Border 4 pts.

In Chatsworth: KZN Coastal 1st inn 240. WP 1st inn 235/6 dec (M Kleinveldt 61, M Adams 66, B Barnes 44*; M Shezi 2-32). KZN Coastal 2nd inn 105/1 (C Bowes 54*, N Govender 47). Match drawn. Points: WP 6.7 pts; KZN Coastal 4.8 pts.

50-Over

In East London: Border 266/5 in 50 ov (V Makhaphela 51, B Bennett 120*, J Kreusch 51). KZN Inland 251/7 in 50 ov (N Hendrie 59, A Ndhlovu 72, S Erwee 32, B Moses 41; M Nqolo 3-56). Border won by 15 runs. Points: Border 4 pts; KZN Inland 0 pts.

In Chatsworth: WP 192/9 in 50 ov (M Kleinveldt 54; D Paterson 2-35, B Scullard 3-33). KZN Coastal 183 in 47.3 ov (K Zondo 36, A Amla 34; M Kleinveldt 3-50). WP won by 9 runs. Points: WP 4 pts; KZN Coastal 0 pts.

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