Inland in good position for victory

2013-10-05 00:00

THE two KwaZulu-Natal teams find themselves in different positions after day two of the CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition matches in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

At the City Oval in the KZN capital, KZN Inland went into day two yesterday with their first innings total standing at 214 for three, this in answer to Namibia’s 111. Leading by 103 runs on the first innings with seven wickets still intact, Inland were in a very strong position, but Namibia utilised the morning conditions exceptionally well. Aided by some impatient shots, left-arm opening bowler Brandon Viret made merry, ending with six for 64 as seven wickets fell for just 68 runs. Viret’s four wickets yesterday cost just 16 runs.

Batting again, Namibia fared far better, opener Xander Pitchers ending the day unbeaten on 86, despite some fortunate escapes, and his side take a 54-run lead going into today’s third and final day with only five wickets in hand. Inland should be able to win this one comfortably, as the new ball is due in three overs.

At Kingsmead, Northerns batted themselves into a commanding position against KZN Coastal.

The Pretoria-based team were on 219 for one in their second innings at stumps for a lead of 185. Francois le Clus is on 88 not out after just over four hours at the crease. His innings was punctuated with 12 fours and one six, while captain Cobus Pienaar is on 114 off 164 balls that were studded with 20 boundaries.

Resuming play on day two yesterday with the total a healthy 157 for three in reply to Northerns’ first innings 240, the Coastal lads were put on the back foot when they lost David Miller (4) and Daryn Smit (2). Calvin Savage (33 off 51 balls with five boundaries) joined Cody Chetty and the partnership produced a handy 57 for the sixth wicket, but Northerns leg-spinner Shaun von Berg took the last five wickets as Coastal were dismissed for 274.

Chetty, who came in with the total on 101, carried his bat for an unbeaten 80 off 162 deliveries that contained 10 boundaries, while Von Berg ended with five for 40 off 14.5 overs.

It will require a concerted effort from Coastal to stay in this game.

The 50-over matches are on tomorrow at the same venues.


PMB Oval: Namibia 1st inn 111 (Tiaan Snyman 33; Sinethemba Mjekula 5-28, Graham Hume 3-31). KZN Inland 1st inn 282 (Imran Khan 112, Nick Hendrie 60, SJ Erwee 37; Brandon Viret 6-64, Raymond van Schoor 3-62). Namibia 2nd inn 225/5 (Xander Pitchers 86*, Stephan Baard 48).

Kingsmead: Northerns 1st inn 240 (Cobus Pienaar 54, Shaun von Berg 42, Juan de Villiers 31; Calvin Savage 3-37, Tshepo Moreki 3-51, Daryn Dupavillon 2-61). KZN Coastal 1st inn 274 (Jonathan Vandiar 91, Sumanth Sunkari 30, Cody Chetty 80*, Calvin Savage 33; Shaun von Berg 5-40). Northerns 2nd inn 219/1 (F le Clus 88*, Cobus Pienaar 114*).

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