Inland without one of their key players in Kyle Nipper against South Western Districts

2010-02-11 00:00

KZN Inland are in Oudtshoorn for four days’ of cricket against South Western Districts, and they will have to do without one of their key players in Kyle Nipper.

Coach Doug Watson said from Oudtshoorn yesterday that Nipper is writing exams and is out for the four days’ cricket, which start today.

Martin Bekker captains the KZN Coastal team against North West in Potchefstroom. Meanwhile, the KZN Coastal and KZN Inland teams play their final sectional matches before the Women’s Provincial League semi-finals in a fortnight’s time.

The unbeaten Coastal side under the leadership of Denisha Devnarain and including Chatsworth United’s dynamic duo of Trisha Chetty and Nadine Moodley, meet North West on Saturday with Inland, under Cherri Cannon, tackling the Potch girls at the PMB Oval on Sunday.

Finally, and in the absence of any official comment regarding the KZN amateur cricket wrap in last week’s Witness, one can surmise that the Inland selection policy is as follows: preparing cricketers for Dolphins selection is paramount. Durban players will strengthen Inland clubs. Durban players have proved themselves in Durban club cricket. Inland club players must perform in Inland club cricket to oust them.

Just as PMB boys go to Durban to play in the hope of KZN Coastal and Dolphins selection, there is no reason why Durban guys shouldn’t come to PMB in the hope of Inland selection. It’s up to the selectors to decide whether the Durban guys need to play a PMB club game or not before they are selected for the Inland team. It’s up to the Inland locals to up their game in the face of the growing Durban interest in having a go at cracking first-class selection here in a bid to get noticed by a Dolphins selector.

There is no domicile policy in Inland cricket whereby a player must be based in the KZN capital, midlands, or northern KZN region to get selected for Inland. Anyone who plays club cricket here can be selected for Inland, just as anyone in PMB can go and play club cricket in Durban and be available for provincial selection down there.

KZN Inland: Tim Drummond (capt), Mario Olivier, Oliver Humphries, Bradley Moses, Glen Addicott, Chad Barron, Mbasa Gqadushe, Kimeshan Chetty, Narvaar Harridave, Richard Hlela, Deepak Anand, Prosper Tsvanhu, Brady Barends. Coach: Doug Watson.

KZN Coastal: Cameron Delport, Bradley Barnes, Jon Kent, Martin Bekker (capt), Michael Alexander, Fabian Crowie, Myron Pillay, Keshav Maharaj, Vyash Gobind, Saidi Mlongo, Kyle Abbott, Kyle Buckthorpe, Cody Chetty. Coach: Sakele Simon.

KZN Inland women: Cherri Cannon (capt), Pippa Payne, Bianca Sakoor, Marlene Steenkamp, Natalie Archer, Yuvi Nirghen, Gugu Ngcobo, Sarena Ferreria, Steph Bender, Nadia Hattiah, Avril Forbes and Phumela Ndlovu. Coach: Mark Williams Manager: Lingam Chetty.

KZN Coastal women: Denisha Devnarain (capt), Trisha Chetty, Nadine Moodley, Nikita Sole, Chloe Tyronne, Hayleigh Wheeler, Nivasha Ramnath, Rasika Maharaj, Kayleigh Tapp, Pia Gcabashe, Nicole Nel, Dheyanka Naidoo. Coach: Horatius Sokhanyile.

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