Inland can compete on a level footing against bigger unions, says coach

2013-12-19 00:00

DESPITE limited resources, KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket coach Grant Morgan feels his team have been able to compete on a level footing against the bigger unions.

Having played all of their games, Inland currently sit in second place on the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition log after beating Northerns in Pretoria on Monday, and will wait to see how next week’s games go. South Western District, who play North West, and Free State, who take on Boland, can leapfrog them if they win their games.

Speaking to The Witness earlier on in the season, Morgan said he was brought in to change the fortunes of the union, which had perennially underachieved on the pitch.

“I think we’ve shown people that we need to be taken seriously. We don’t have the resources of the other unions, but we’ve stuck together and pulled off a miracle,” Morgan said yesterday.

In the new year, they resume their charge up the log in the three-day competition, and T20 replaces the 50-over game.

“We’ll look to put in some good performances in the T20. And, had we managed to pick up some points in the [three-day] games against Griquas and Gauteng, we would have been close to the top,” he said. Inland currently sit in sixth place in the longer format. Eastern Province trail Western Province by nine points at the top, and KZN Coastal sit in third place.

Inland beat Northerns in both formats over the weekend, but Morgan felt there was still a lot of room for improvement, saying that they were currently playing at about 70% capacity.

Sarel Erwee has been a consistent performer for Inland, and Morgan said he had a chance to make the step up to franchise level, but was just missing a big score.

“He’s a quality player and he’s been consistent for us. He just doesn’t have that big score behind him. He definitely has the ability to make it at the top.”

He also praised the rest of his squad, saying that they would look to go forward with the players they currently have, and look to sign on a few more. He will also be looking at players at the ongoing Khaya Majola Cricket Week.

“I always keep my tabs on the younger guys. I’ll also have a few scouts there.”

The team are currently on a Christmas break, and they will return to camp on January 7 where they will then go into preparation for their game against Border, which will be played at Pietermaritzburg Oval on the weekend of January 16.


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