Weather set for favour spinners at Oval

2012-02-23 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket team host Easterns in Provincial Challenge action from today to Sunday at the Maritzburg Oval.

The three-day match is followed by Sunday’s 50-over encounter.

“The weather has been really hot and humid, so no doubts that the wicket will break up a little and bring our spinners into the game,” Inland head coach Anton Roux told The Witness yesterday.

“I’m really looking for an improved bowling performance.

“I know it’s tough for the seamers on these slow decks here, but the guys are still leaking runs at vital stages and always expect our spinners to bring us back into the game.

“I want the seamers to pull up their socks. We are still deciding on whether to play an extra batter or go in with four seamers and two spinners.

“We will assess the wicket on match day and make the call then.”

Roux said training had been spot-on, with the aim of keeping the players fresh.

Divan van Wyk is back to bolster the batting order, so some tough decisions have to be made with regard to which batsman loses out.

Easterns have quite a few players whom Roux used to coach in Pretoria.

“Hardus Viljoen, Israel Hlengani, and Dylan Stanley are all graduates from the Tuks Cricket Academy so it will be nice to see them in action again,” said Roux.

“Easterns coach Heinrich Malan and I used to work and play for Tuks and it’s great that both of us are involved in first-class cricket in South Africa.

“I’m sure it is going to be a tough match and I expect nothing less than a good, hard battle out in the middle.

“Our preparation has been good. One of our goals is to put together four days of high-quality cricket, from executing skills to sticking to game plans.

“I’m expecting a big game from all our players, as this part of the year is where contracts are either drawn up or terminated,” Roux added.

TEAMS

KZN Inland: Divan van Wyk, Nabeel Bhayla, SJ Erwee, Devon Conway, Glen Addicott, Kyle Nipper (capt), Rudi Hillermann, Brady Barends, Sashlin Reddy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Athie Maposa, Mbasa Gqadushe, Stephan Myburgh, Calvin Savage, Kimeshan Chetty, Sohail Razack.

coach: Paul Atkins.

Easterns: Bradley Moses, Tumelo Bodibe, Rushdi Jappie, Johan Fourie, Israel Hlengani, Lesiba Ngoepe, Shaun Liebisch, Sean O’Connor, Hardus Viljoen, Dylan Stanley, Vincent Moore, Kyle Marshal, Jean Pierre Kok.

Coach: Heinrich Malan.

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