Inland set Boland a massive target

2014-01-31 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Inland bludgeoned Boland on day one of their CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition game in Paarl yesterday.

Imraan Khan, who has one Test cap for the Proteas, missed out on a double century by just five runs as Inland amassed a mammoth score of 414/5 at the end of the first day.

Despite losing the toss and being sent in to bat by the home side, Grant Morgan’s boys had a good start upfront which saw openers, Dolphins team-mates Divan van Wyk and Khan, put on an opening stand of 99.

Van Wyk was eventually dismissed, caught by wicketkeeper Letlotlo Selesele for 22 of the bowling of 20-year-old Jean Bredekamp, playing only in his second first class game for the Paarl-based Boland side.

Wicketkeeper Mbasa Gqadushe then joined Khan in the middle, and the onslaught didn’t stop for Inland. The two put on 88 for the second wicket in 18 overs at a rate of 4,75 runs an over.

When Gqadushe was eventually dismissed, seven runs short of a well deserved half century, the game was rapidly slipping away from Paarl, and Inland were sitting pretty on 187/2. He too was caught behind by Selesele off the bowling of Zakhele Qwabe.

Sarel Erwee, Inland’s best player so far this season, came in, and when he was dismissed, caught and bowled by Carl Raubenheimer for 41, and with the score at 274/3, it was looking bleak for Paarl, with Khan violently going by his business at the other end.

The Protea was then joined at the crease by Brad Moses. They went on to put on the fourth consecutive partnership of more than 80 runs. Khan was eventually removed when he was caught by Selesele off the bowling of former SA U19 star Lizaad Williams for 195.

Khan’s mammoth innings came off just 243 balls as he struck 23 fours and two sixes, scoring at a strike rate of 80,24.

Moses continued to hold the fort at the other end, and despite losing skipper Shane Burger for 14, Inland got to 400 for only the second time this season.

Inland resume play this morning with Moses on 83 off 126 balls, and Ruhan Pretorius on six.

In Port Elizabeth, KZN Coastal struggled as they were bowled out for 126 by a rampant Eastern Province side. The boys from Durban as they finished on 107/2, trailing by just 19 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand.

Scores in brief

In Paarl: KZN Inland 414/5 (Imraan Khan 195, Brad Moses 83, Carl Raubenheimer 2-117, Jean Bredekamp 1-38

In Port Elizabeth: KZN Coastal 126 all out (Sumanth Sunkari 33, Senuran Muthusamy 28, Lionel Vaaltyn 4-30, Basheeru-Deen Walters 3-19)

Eastern Province 107/2 (Colin Ackermann 41, Edward Moore 28, Tshepo Moreki 2-9).

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