Inland beat Northerns by 1 wicket

2013-12-16 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland beat Northerns by one wicket in their CSA Three-day Competition game played at Centurion over the weekend.

Inland may have won, but after they were set a target of 110 for victory by Northerns, they so nearly lost, after an epic batting collapse.

After going in at stumps at the end of day two at 2/1 after losing Abdul Razack for a duck, Inland proceeded to lose eight wickets for 88 runs as Northerns’ bowlers fought back to try win the game.

Lepono Ndhlovu was Inland’s early resistance, scoring 39 to ensure they had a chance to win the game they had dominated for the two previous days.

Cornelius de Villiers, Ryan Cartwright and Juan de Villiers ripped through the Inland batting line-up, but it was the arrival at the crease of Ruhan Pretorius that steadied the ship for the visitors who looked like they would suffer their second three-day defeat of the season.

Pretorius’s 18 was swift, coming off just 16 balls, and featuring three fours and a six that came off the last ball of the game. Inland reached a score of 114/9 to win by one wicket as they made a meal of the chase.

Today, they play a One-Day game that was originally scheduled for yesterday but had to be postponed, as with other fixtures in the country, due to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral in Qunu.

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