Inland lead Coastal T20 log after thrilling win over Western Province

2014-03-03 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland beat Western Province and leapfrogged them into first place on the Coastal Pool of the CSA Provincial T20 Competition.

In a game in which both teams brought their big guns — Proteas T20 players Richard Levi (Province) and Yusuf Abdulla — to the Pietermaritzburg Oval, Inland won by four wickets, with just two balls remaining.

Batting first, Province’s opening pair of Levi and Omphile Ramela shared a stand of 37.

And, with Levi looking good, and doing what he does best — sending bowlers to the cleaners — he was run out by Kyle Nipper, having scored 24 runs off just 15 balls.

The boys from Cape Town seemed to struggle to get partnerships going as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

The only innings of mention from the Province batsmen was a fighting 40 runs from Ramela, who was eventually bowled by Nipper in the 19th over.

In the end, Province could only manage a total of 133/9 from their 20 overs. For Inland, regular wicketkeeper Mbasa Gqadushe was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets for 26 runs in his four overs.

Inland’s chase started off well, with four of their top five batsmen scoring at more than a run-a-ball as they kept the scoreboard ticking.

Inland eventually reached the target of 134 with just two balls to bowl.

On Saturday, the two teams had drawn their CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition game.

After they had bowled the league-leading Province out for 258, Inland batted for the remainder of day two, and the majority of day three to score 327/4, as they set Province a target of 286.

However, there was not enough time left in the day, as Province finished on 153/5.

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