KZN Inland team coach on a personal mission

2013-11-21 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal Inland cricket coach Grant Morgan doesn’t have much to prove to anyone but himself.

Morgan, who has worked with teams such as Eastern Province, Northerns, TUT, Tuks, the Highveld Lions, NMMU and Royal Challengers Bangalore, is currently in his second season as KZN Inland coach. His challenge was to transform the union’s fortunes on the cricket field.

“My time here is that I want to prove to myself as a coach that I can help a team that’s done perennially badly. I’m at peace with where I am in my career. You just have to wake up every morning and perform your duties to the best of your abilities,” Morgan told The Witness yesterday.

Morgan, a product of Grey High School in Port Elizabeth, began coaching at the young age of 22 when he was still playing for Eastern Province.

“I worked there for three years before I moved to play for Northerns where I also coached the academy,” he said.

But, with coaching and mentoring entrenched in his DNA, Morgan felt that at the stage he is at in his life, he is not too fussed about what the future has in store for him.

When asked if he had any higher ambitions, coaching at international level, perhaps, he said: “I’m not hell bent on that. I’m at peace. A lot of things have happened, and I’m not too fazed. I just want to help out where I can.”

Having worked with some of the biggest names (AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn) in the past, Morgan felt confident at working with the game’s big egos.

He found it easy as he’s worked with a lot of top players when they were younger, saying that the age gap between a coach aged 28 and an 18-year-old became much smaller when that player reached 28 and had a bigger ego.

“It’s up to the player to manage their own egos … Anyone who becomes more important, the pressure’s on them to show they haven’t changed. They need to treat other players well so they don’t appear as big headed and egotistical,” Morgan said.

On his work with the KZN Inland team, he said they had to do a lot of work stabilising the side after they lost eight players last year. “We managed to stabilise the ship, and added some extra expertise,” he said.

“We added some extra all rounders, we brought in extra bowlers and we now have a balanced side. We’re unbeaten in the [CSA Provincial] three-day competition.

“In the one-day competition, we’ve started well. We have one win, one rain-out and two losses.

“We’re climbing, getting better. We’re trying to work in the nets and focusing on more specific areas with the players,” he added.

Morgan’s goal for now is to have three players — one in each format of the game — promoted to the Dolphins side. “That will happen normally in itself when we start to win more games and climb up the ladder.”

• KZN Inland lost their one-day game and just managed to hold on for a draw in their three-day game against Griqualand West last week.

CSA Three-day Championship

Griqualand West 1st innings: 440/9 dec (Alan Kruger 103, Werner Coetsee 96, Shane Burger 3/45, Tabraiz Shamsi 3/125)

KZN Inland 1st innings: 150/8 dec (Graham Hume 41, Sinethemba Mjekula 31, Aubrey Swanepoel 3/24, Werner Coetsee 2/46)

Griqualand West 2nd innings: Forfeited

KZN Inland 2nd innings: 137/7 (Nick Hendrie 44, Werner Coetsee 4/44)

Match drawn

CSA One-day Championship:

KZN Inland: 209/6 (Kyle Nipper 57, Shane Burger 45, Corbyn Dolley 3/34)

Griqualand West: 211/6 (Diego Rosier 70, Reeza Hendricks 63, Ruhan Pretorius 2/32)

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