Three-dayer: KZN Inland fare better against Griquas after humiliating defeat last week

2013-03-22 00:00

AFTER the shock of being dismissed for 26 by North West last week, the fourth-lowest total in the history of first-class cricket in South Africa, KZN Inland fared a lot better against Griquas on day one of the CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition match at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley yesterday.

Asked to bat, Inland were eventually dismissed for 232 in their first innings, with opening batsman Nic Hendrie making an 87 that featured 13 boundaries and came off 210 deliveries during his four-and-a-half hours at the crease.

Hendrie and Brad Moses (32) put on 71 for the third wicket, while Kyle Nipper (35) and Brady Barends (34) notched up 45 for the seventh wicket.

Veteran Griquas seamer Deon Carolus (34) took a career-best seven for 66, his seventh first-class fifer in a decade-long career.

Griquas were rocked back on their heels when Inland opening bowler Sinethemba Mjekula got a wicket in the first over of their innings, but recovered to 53 for one at the close, former SA U19 batsman Aubrey Swanepoel looking ominous on 38, scored off 41 balls and including eight fours.

Meanwhile, at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, KZN Coastal chose to bat and were dismissed for 142. Gauteng were on 116 for two at stumps, former Dolphins and KZN Inland batter Devon Conway getting 34, while Dominic Hendricks is unbeaten on 49.

At 96 for three, Jonathan Vandiar and Ahmed Amla having put on 45 for the fourth wicket, Coastal were doing well against the log-leaders, but first-change Graham Hume got Vandiar and Mathew Boote in the 42nd over. The Durban lads lost their last seven wickets for just 46 runs. Vandiar top-scored with 38 and Amla ran out of partners when on 32.

Hume, South Africa’s leading wicket-taker at the U19 World Cup in New Zealand three years ago, took four for 33 and his liking for KZN batsmen sees the 22-year-old’s first-class record now standing at 128 wickets in his 36th match at just over 17 — a most impressive return.

Opening bowler Shaheen Khan took three for 37 and leg-break bowler Eddie Leie three for 22. Potchefstroom-born Leie (26) won the 2012 Domestic Newcomer of the Year award and has an impressive strike rate of just over 41.

It is vital that the KZN teams have a good second day in order to wrest the initiative away from their hosts.

SCORES IN BRIEF

In Kimberley: KZN Inland 1st inn 232 (N Hendrie 87, B Moses 32, K Nipper 35, B Barends 34; D Carolus 7-66). Griquas 1st inn 53/1 (A Swanepoel 38*).

In Johannesburg: KZN Coastal 1st inn 142 (J Vandiar 38, A Amla 32*; G Hume 4-33, S Khan 3-37, E Leie 3-22). Gauteng 1st inn 116/2 (D Conway 34, D Hendricks 49*).

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