Runs abound for Coastal as heat and wind render Oval pitch lifeless

2010-09-21 00:00

THE run glut at the Maritzburg Oval continues.

Another baking hot, blustery day of Berg winds yesterday ensured a lifeless PMB Oval pitch as KZN Coastal amassed 278 for two in their allotted 60 overs, with KZN Inland on 186 for two after 39 at stumps.

The two-day friendly sees compulsory first-innings declarations at 60 overs with the hope of a challenging target being set for today’s final day.

Tomorrow will see a 40-over clash, as both sides fine-tune their preparations for the opening Provincial Challenge matches that begin next Thursday.

The lack of moisture in the air and absence of rain to juice up the wicket means it’s salad days for batsmen right now. How Kevin Pietersen would love something like this when he turns out for the Dolphins in the four-day SuperSport Series match in PMB from October 7.

Just last week 1 188 runs were scored at 91 per dismissal in the Dolphins/Cobras friendly — and this week it’s looking even more favourable for the men with the willow.

Still, it’s giving the bowlers a good workout and plenty to think about while the fielders are having lots to do, so all in all it’s been a pretty good show as far as the pre-season goes.

Free State import Divan van Wyk was unbeaten on 162 (26 fours, one six), but impressive Inland left-arm seamer Attie Maposa should have got him on 65 when wicketkeeper Tim Drummond grassed a sharpish catch he would pouch nine times out of 10.

Bradley Barnes made 80 (15 fours) in an opening stand of 175 before Maposa induced an ankle-high edge neatly picked up by solitary slip Mario Olivier.

Inland openers Devon Conway (100 not out, 15 fours, one six) and Olivier (77 with 12 fours) put on 150 in reply, while Coastal’s spinner Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers.

Said home team coach Doug Watson, “The guys are putting in huge pre-season effort as they have recognised that between the Dolphins, Coastal and Inland, there are lots of opportunities to perform and grow as cricketers, which is good to see.”

SCOREBOARD

KZN Coastal first innings

B Barnes c Olivier b Maposa...80

D van Wyk not out...162

K Zondo c Drummond b Suleman...17

M Bekker not out...6

Extras (b4, lb1, nb8)...13

TOTAL (for 2 in 60 overs)...278

Fow: 1/175, 2/225

Bowling: Maposa 11-2-45-1, Tarr 9-0-44-0, Barends 11-1-62-0, Suleman 13-2-56-1, Nipper 14-2-56-0, Conway 2-0-10-0.

KZN Inland first innings

D Conway not out...100

M Olivier c Eccles b Maharaj...77

C Nhlapo c Barnes b Maharaj...6

T Drummond not out...0

Extras (lb2, nb1)...3

Total (for 2 after 39 overs)...186

Fow: 1/150, 2/181

Bowling: Abdullah 10-2-42-0, Eccles 7-1-29-0, Ngenge 4-0-30-0, Maharaj 12-1-50-2, Zondo 6-0-33-0.

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