KZN Inland squad named for WP trip

2008-09-29 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket squad of 14 for the three-day and one-day matches against Western Province in the SA Airways Provincial cricket competition from Thursday to Sunday in Bellville has been announced.

The side will be captained for the first time by KZN Inland regular Ross McMillan and a new role, player/coach, will be looked after by 35-year-old former Dolphins opening batsman Doug Watson.

McMillan turned out with success for Kendall in the Northern Lancashire League during the South African off-season and has a point to prove to get back into the Dolphins set-up.

The Dolphins selectors have left out contracted player Morne van Vuuren for the SuperSport Series match against the Northern Titans at Kingsmead over the same period as the Inland/WP fixture, and the all-rounder who represents Standard Cricket Club in the local premier league should add impetus to the Inland cause.

The Cricket South Africa requirement in this competition is for teams to field a minimum of five non-white players per match — a sad indictment on the development programme in this country nearly 15 years into democracy.

That the CSA still enforces quotas at first-class level is a clear indication that the much-vaunted development of so-called “black” cricketers has failed dismally.

It is surely an embarrassment for non-whites, players of colour or whatever the latest moniker is accorded this farce to be placed in such a category.

Whatever the case, the players who have been selected, white/non-white or any other ridiculous name the thought police want to call them, are unlikely to let the side down given Watson’s dictum of team above self.

Several cricketers can consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the cut in what has been the most competitive battle for places in a number of seasons.

In no particular order, and not including all of those unlucky to be left out, are Lyndon Brown, Caiden Lang and Kyle Nipper, while former Dolphins swing bowler Andrew Tweedie should be in with a shout once he has finally established which Inland club he is going to play for.


Tafazwa Chiota, Richard Mhlanzi, Doug Watson, Morne van Vuuren, Andre van Vuuren Tim Drummond, Ross McMillan (capt), Mbasa Gqadushe, Sashen Dorasamy, Jomo Mbili, Kevershan Padayachee, Olly Humphries, Clint Bowyer.

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