KWAZULU-NATAL Inland continued their good form in the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition when they beat Easterns by six wickets at the Pietermaritzburg Oval yesterday. Inland captain Shane Burger won the toss, and sent Easterns in to bat as they hoped to claim back-to-back wins following their victory over Gauteng in Johannesburg last week. The decision to field first seemed to pay off instantly when Easterns captain and wicketkeeper Tumelo Bodibe was caught and bowled by the home side’s Dolphins’ star Craig Alexander in the fifth over for an 11-ball duck. Two overs later, Alexander took the wickets of Ernest Kemm (3) and Lesiba Ngoepe (0) to have the visitors reeling at 5/3. Ngoepe’s dismissal saw Titans’ star Mangaliso Mosehle join Grant Thomson at the crease, and the two set about trying to bring some respectability to Easterns’ innings. However, after a mini recovery and a 38-run partnership, Mosehle was soon back in the pavilion and was caught by Inland skipper Burger off the bowling of Matthew Pillans for 21 in the 15th over. Alexander claimed his fourth wicket when he removed Thomson for 14 in the 21st over. Two overs later, having made six runs off 35 deliveries, Jurie Syman was caught by Mbasa Gqadushe off the bowling of Ruhan Pretorious. With the score sitting at 61/6, Kyle Marshall joined Siphamandla Dapo at the crease. The two proceeded to make sure that the visitors had a fighting chance. Smashing 11 fours and one six between the two of them, they put on 90 runs for the seventh wicket — which saw them both reach half centuries. Dapo was eventually caught and bowled by Pillans in the 43rd over for 56. Five overs later, Marshall was bowled by Pretorious for 50 to leave Easterns at 177/8. The visitors eventually finished on 205/9 after their 50 overs. Inland had a strong start to their chase, despite losing Divan van Wyk for 10 in the fourth over. Wicketkeeper Lepono Ndhlovu and Sarel Erwee showed Easterns’ bowlers no mercy as they piled on the runs as they put on 91 for the second wicket. Ndhlovu was eventually dismissed for 31 in the 21st over, but the damage had already been done when Brad Moses joined Erwee. They put on a further 87 runs to kill off the game. After the dismissals of Moses and Erwee, Inland reached the total of 206 with only four wickets lost and just over 10 overs remaining. The victory lifts Inland to fifth on the log.