SWD’s McLaren, Mnyanda put on 74-run stand

2012-11-10 00:00

NO fewer than 53 overs were lost, but at least 36 overs were squeezed out as South Western Districts reached 130 for two in the first innings against KZN Inland before bad light stopped play on the second day of the CSA Provincial Three-day Competition match at the Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday.

Due to the inclement weather, the first day was called off without a ball having been bowled.

Inland won the toss and put SWD in, a decision that appeared to be vindicated when seamer Brady Barends had visiting skipper Ross McMillan caught behind by wicketkeeper Abram Ndhlovu for four in the sixth over.

Inland had to wait until the 30th over for their next success, the important wicket of the threatening Adrian McLaren, who was castled by opening bowler Sinethemba Mjekula for 32.

The experienced McLaren had shared in a 74-run partnership for the second wicket with Luthando Mnyanda who was unbeaten on 44 (eight boundaries) at the close.

Christiaan Jonker, the heaviest run-scorer in the competition last season, came in next and smacked three sixes and three fours in a whirlwind unbeaten 31 off 19 deliveries, with the three sixes off spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

With the first innings of the match not yet completed, there will likely have to be some imaginative declarations today in order to get something out of this game.

Tomorrow’s 50-over match should see a real contest as the weather promises to be conducive to good cricket at last.

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