Bowlers dictate proceedings

2014-11-14 00:00

BOWLERS, backed by good catching, held sway on day one of the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup match between hosts KZN Inland and South Western Districts at the Maritzburg Oval yesterday.

After captain Ross McMillan called correctly, SWD chose to bat and were dismissed for 172 before Inland reached 60 for four when bad light brought the day’s proceedings to an end.

Fourteen wickets fell for just 232 runs with the wicketkeepers pouching five catches and the fielders five as the bowlers regularly found the edge of the bat.

And while there were some loose shots, Inland captain Shane Burger and coach Grant Morgan both felt the pitch was a good one and credit had to be given to the bowlers and fielders for an impressive performance.

Two examples were Inland opening bowler Cyril Mthimkhulu and SWD’s first-change, Gurshwin Rabie, who gave the batsmen plenty to think about.

There was little respite for the batters, as pressure was coming from both ends for the most part and while several spent enough time in the middle to get a start, they weren’t able to capitalise.

Inland are 112 runs behind on the first innings with six wickets in hand. The match is evenly poised and today presents great opportunities for both sides.

The T20 match is at 9 am on Sunday.


South Western Districts 1st inn 172 (Niel Hornbuckle 34, Brendon Louw 30, Luthando Mnyanda 22, Errin

Ewerts 22; Cyril Mthimkhulu 3-26, Graham Hume 2-37, Abdul Razak 3-29). KZN Inland 1st inn 60/4 (SJ Erwee 23*; Gurshwin Rabie 2-7).

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