Inland beaten in opening-round fixtures

2012-10-09 00:00

IT was the toughest of weekends for the KZN Inland cricket team as they lost both their opening-round fixtures in the CSA Provincial Competition.

After going down by 10 wickets in the three-day match that ended Saturday, Inland were beaten by six wickets in Sunday’s 50-over clash at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province having hauled in the target with over 15 overs to spare.

In contrast to the three-day encounter, Inland won the toss on Sunday and elected to bat, but there was little change in fortunes as they were dismissed for 160 in just 45,3 overs, giving up the chance of facing another 27 deliveries.

EP started disastrously with a slew of wides and no balls, and Brad Moses (10) and Nic Hendrie (12) put together a promising opening partnership of 38 by the sixth over, but the pair fell on the same total and it was soon 55 for four after Matt Hulett (4) and wicketkeeper Abram Ndlovu (0) fell cheaply.

SJ Erwee (27) and Tyler Lortan (30) put on 39 for the fifth wicket and debutant Ruhan Pretorius, coming in at number eight, was unbeaten on 29, but it was never going to be enough against an EP batting line-up that had proved its worth in the three-day affair.

Lionel Vaaltyn (3-33) and Colin Ackermann (2-21) were the pick of an impressive EP attack in which each of seven bowlers got wickets.

The experienced Arno Jacobs (53), Warren Bell (43) and Inland’s nemesis, Michael Smith (33 not out) made short work of the 161 required for victory as all seven of Inland’s bowlers went for more than four per over as opposed to Eastern Province’s three of seven.

In the three-day match Inland resumed battle on the third morning 244 runs behind with all of their second inning wickets intact. They made a better fist of their second innings, but the deficit was too much to pose anything in the way of a meaningful target for EP.

Inland are away to Western Province in Cape Town next weekend.

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