SWD call the shots against Inland

2014-11-15 00:00

SOUTH Western Districts are in the driving seat after day two of the Sunfoil Three-Day Cup match against KZN Inland at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

Inland resumed on 60 for four following SWD’s first innings 172 and the going was tough from the outset, the host province eventually dismissed for 162 after a stout rally at the back of the innings.

In their second knock, SWD fared better and had reached 157 for four at the close for an invaluable lead of 167 with six wickets in hand going into today’s final day.

SWD seamers Gurshwin Rabie and Lonwabo Rodolo typified the quality of bowling that has been a feature of this match on a Ram Maharaj pitch, which is offering something for the batter and bowler.

Coming in tirelessly from the Dusi End, Rabie kept an immaculate line and length and constantly teased the batters with his near-perfect line and length.

Granted, towards the end of the Inland innings he came in for some tap from the indefatigable fighter that is number 10 Matt Pillans, but it does not detract from a superb bowling performance that deserved better figures.

As in the SWD first innings, the Inland batters were able to get in, but just as they appeared to have weathered the threat the exemplary visiting attack would come back and bite them.

The ability of the seamers to extract enough from the conditions to get the batters to nick-off was again reflected in the statistics as SWD ’keeper Brendon Louw took six catches. Inland’s top scorer SJ Erwee was flawless in his 43 off 87 deliveries before his nick-off, while Graham Hume, Pillans and last man Cyril Mthimkhulu were superb in adding 60 runs after Inland were desperate at 102 for eight.

The local leather flingers were in the hunt when SWD were 63 for four in their second dig, Hume asking all sorts of questions, but an unbroken stand of 94 between those old soldiers Sammy-Joe Avontuur and Pieter Stuurman put the visitors back on top.

In what has been a game of cat and mouse, today should be fascinating.

The T20 match starts 9 am tomorrow, where defending champs Inland will be determined to get the better of a feisty opponent.

SCORES IN BRIEF

SWD 1st inn 172 (Niel Hornbuckle 34, Brendon Louw 30; Cyril Mthimkhulu 3-26, Abdul Razak 3-29). KZN Inland 1st inn 162 (SJ Erwee 43, Matt Pillans 41*; Lonwabo Rodolo 4-35, Gurshwin Rabie 3-51). SWD 2nd inn 157/4

(Sammy-Joe Avontuur 62*, Pieter

Stuurman 35*; Graham Hume 3-24).

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