Contrasting fortunes for KZN Inland and Coastal teams after day one

2013-03-15 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal captains, Kyle Nipper (Inland) and Khaya Zondo (Coastal), had contrasting fortunes on day one of the CSA Provincial Three-day Competition matches in Potchefstroom and Durban respectively yesterday.

KZN Inland elected to field at a rain-affected Senwes Park in Potchefstroom and at close of play North West were on 289 for nine after 79 overs.

Inland’s first-class debutant, SA U19 paceman Daryn Dupavillon, got his maiden wicket at this level when he had Thando Bula caught by Nipper for a duck with North West’s total on 47.

There wasn’t much joy for Inland after that.

North West opener Rassie van der Dussen scored 52 in three hours at the crease, Maritzburg College product Kyllin Vardhan got 45 (off 68 balls with nine fours) and captain Brett Pelser — often a thorn in Inland’s side — and Cliffe Deacon both made 59.

North West were able to build a total that will give Pelser some confidence when the lads from Potch take the field today.

Inland opening bowler Sinethemba Mjekula took two for 40 from 13 overs, Brady Barends got three for 55 from 17 and wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi picked up two for 48 from 16, while Dupavillon (one for 51 in 14) and Ruhan Pretorius (one for 51 in 13) also weighed in.

Meanwhile, at the Chatsworth Oval, KZN Coastal are in pole position. Captain Khaya Zondo’s decision to ask last-placed Namibia to bat paid off handsomely.

Namibia were bowled out for a meagre 110. The visitors were on 26 for six in the 16th over. Dane Paterson (three for 12), Brendon Scullard and Kyle Buckthorpe (two wickets apiece) destroyed any hope the Namibians had of building a competitive first-innings total. Louis van der Westhuizen top-scored with 28.

In reply, KZN reached 203 for one at stumps with opening bat Mishkal Ramsaroop unbeaten on 107 (13 fours and one six) and first-wicket Michael Alexander on 75 not out (13 fours).

It is the 19-year-old Ramsaroop’s second ton at this level, in his eighth first-class match.

As to what today holds for the KZN teams, Inland will be doing their best to get back into the game, while Coastal will be looking to press home the advantage.

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