Addicott out, Inland under

2011-03-03 00:00

KZN Inland’s loss is the Dolphins’ gain as star batsman Glen Addicott has been included in the franchise squad for the crucial Standard Bank Pro20 semi-final second leg match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Kingsmead tomorrow.

Coach Doug Watson will be hoping that his other frontline batters step into the breach as Addicott’s elevation will leave a big hole in the Inland top four for the Provincial Three-Day Challenge match against Eastern Province, played from today to Saturday at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

However, Addicott and the other Inland player in the Dolphins squad for tomorrow’s semi-final at Kingsmead, Devon Conway, will be available, for the subsequent 40-over match this Sunday between Inland and EP at St George’s.

In the three-dayer, Watson will be looking for big innings from two or three of Brad Moses, Nic Hendrie, Sanvir Maharaj, Tyler Lortan, Tim Drummond, Chad Barron and captain Kyle Nipper, so spearheads Brady Barends and Kimeshan Chetty can afford to set the sort of attacking fields all pace bowlers love.

Michael Smith’s EP side look to be a well-balanced outfit with more than a few likely candidates to call on for big contributions with bat or ball.

Inland showed their fighting spirit when they bounced back from a comprehensive three-day defeat to out-bat South Western Districts in the 40-over clash that followed at the Maritzburg Oval over the weekend, so guts and determination will be in no short supply for Nipper’s line-up at St George’s.

EP lie sixth on the three-day log that is headed by Western Province, while Inland are in eighth place in the 14-team competition, although the lads from PE have a game in hand on the Maritzburgers. KZN Coastal are 10th, but have two games in hand on Inland.

In 40-over fare, EP are 12th and Inland 11th, but once again the PE lads have a game in hand. WP are again top of the log, while KZN Coastal are in third place.

On paper at least, there doesn’t appear to be much to separate EP and Inland, and the four days in the Windy City should provide for some absorbing competition.

After EP, Inland’s remaining Provincial Challenge matches are against North West in Potchefstroom from March 24 to 27 before the final fling of the season against Northerns in Pretoria from March 31 to April 3.


KZN Inland: Nic Hendrie, Sanvir Maharaj, Chad Barron, Brad Moses, Tim Drummond, Tyler Lortan, Kyle Nipper (capt), Darryn Mortimer, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Athi Maposa, Narvaar Harridave, Devon Conway, Glen Addicott. Coach: Doug Watson.

EP: Michael Smith (capt), Warren Bell, Sean Adair, Michael Price, Simon Harmer, David White, Athi Dyili, Rudi Second, Reece Williams, Corbyn Dolley, Lionel Vaaltyn, Basheer Walters. Coach: Piet Botha.

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