Inland squaring up to Free State with positive mindset — Watson

2010-12-16 00:00

DOUG Watson says KZN Inland will go into their Provincial Three-Day Challenge match against Free State, starting at the Maritzburg Oval today, with a positive attitude.

“We could have beaten Griquas and against Namibia we got the back end of a bad wicket, but that’s cricket and we have no reason not to believe we can win this weekend,” the Inland coach said yesterday.

“It was a tough decision whom to leave out as we have a good squad, but obviously we will be missing the in-form Devon Conway as well as opening bowler Athi Maposa.”

Watson said the side is playing well as a unit and that is just as well as he has great respect for Free State.

“They are a well-drilled, well-organised outfit and obviously the success of their franchise side will rub off on them,” he said.

“That said, our players are all shaping up and improving all round, and it has been gratifying to see the strong U19 squad that is developing.”

The coach said he feels Inland are just as good in both three-day and 40-over cricket, the latter taking place on Sunday.

“Kyle Nipper is a very capable captain and leader and we have got a quality attack that can bowl teams out, so all in all we are really looking forward to the four days’ cricket.

Meanwhile, Free State have made four changes. Willie Brink and Ian Finley could make their first-class debuts. Both of them have represented Free State in a List A match previously. Four players who played against Western Province in the last encounter — Romano Terblanche, Wiann van Zyl, Gino Vries and Obus Pienaar — have been called up for duty for the Chevrolet Knights.

Coach Rudi Steyn has included five players not in action against Western Province — Shadley van Schalkwyk, Waldo Lategan, Thandi Tshabalala, Brink and Finley.

Patrick Botha will lead the side in the absence of Van Zyl in only his 10th first-class match. Botha is the son of Terry Botha, who represented Free State in the seventies. Patrick’s brother, Graham, also played for Free State.

KZN Inland: Mario Olivier, Tim Drummond, Brad Moses, Glen Addicott, Olly Humphries, Rudi Hillermann, Mbasa Gqadushe, Cheslyn Nhlapo, Brady Barends, Kimeshan Chetty, Kyle Nipper (capt), Faheem Suleman.

Free State: Lefa Mosena, Michael Erlank, Griffin Nieuwoudt, Francois Haasbroek, Juanre van Wyk, Lotlotlo Sesele, Willie Brink, Patrick Botha (capt), Waldo Lategan, Thandi Tshabalala, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Desmond de Koker, Ian Finley.

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