Drummond named as KZN Inland captain for Western Province battle

2009-09-29 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland team to meet Western Province at the Maritzburg Oval from Thursday to Sunday in the first round of the Cricket SA Provincial Challenge was named yesterday.

With last season’s skipper, Ross McMillan, opting to stay in England over the South African summer, KZN Inland have also named a new captain in highly promising young wicketkeeper/batsman Tim Drummond, of the Collegians club-based Zingari Cricket Club. Drummond and the team couldn’t have asked for tougher opponents than WP, who under the rules of the competition, are entitled to field four players from the Western Cape Cobras franchise squad.

Hilton College’s outstanding all-round sports product Drummond, an extremely talented midfielder, is also in the South African men’s hockey squad and that team’s important international commitments overseas during the South African summer could impact on Drummond’s availability for Inland, should he get the nod, as appears very likely, from the national hockey selectors.

Apart from the captaincy, player/coach Doug Watson’s Inland team is much the same as last year, although the most capped KZN Dolphin cricketer of all time is excited about the prospects offered by Durban top-order batsman Dipak Anand, who has moved his cricketing career 90 km up the N3.

Meanwhile, Inland suffered a blow yesterday with the news that manage­r of playing affairs, Garry Hampson, has resigned with immediate effect to take up the coaching role at one of Inland’s rivals, South Western Districts.

“The KZN Inland Cricket Union is not happy to see Garry go, but obviously we won’t stand in the way of his progression and career, and we wish him well, although I’ve been told that SWD are in for a hiding when they play Inland,” said KZNICU president Yunus Bhamjee yesterday.

College product Hampson told The Witness that he is leaving Pietermaritzburg to coach SWD with mixed feelings.

“Personally I am sad to leave as I have enjoyed being here and it’s my ‘home’, but I am really looking forward to the challenge at SWD as I want to pursue that career path. I want to thank all those involved in the game here and the work they put in, from school coaches to chairpersons of clubs and the KZN Inland sub-unions. The union is moving forward and I wish the Inland representative teams well this season.”

KZN Inland: Tim Drummond, Mario Olivier, Dipak Anand, Glen Addicott, Doug Watson, Bradley Moses, Kyle Nipper, Morne van Vuuren, Oliver Humphries, Mbasa Gqadushe, Narvaar Harridave, Sashen Dorasamy, Richard Hlela.

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