2010-10-28 00:00

TO play at Newlands is a privilege and KZN Inland will have that opportunity when they meet Western Province in Cape Town from today until Sunday.

Coach Doug Watson’s 13-man squad will do duty in the Provincial Three-Day Challenge as well as in Sunday’s Provincial 40-Over Challenge match.

The squad shows a reshuffle since it tackled Gauteng’s Highveld Strikers at the Maritzburg Oval a fortnight ago.

In-form opening batsman Devon Conway and the hard-hitting Glen Addicott will sit out as they are playing for the Dolphins in tomorrow night’s MTN40 match against the Cape Cobras at Kingsmead.

However, solid top-order batter Bradley Moses returns from the franchise’s SuperSport Series XI and skipper Kyle Nipper is also available, having been omitted from the Dolphins’ initial squad for the Cobras clash.

PMB Varsity all-rounder Ollie Humphries returns after exams, while fellow Varsity seamer Narvaar Harridave sits this one out.

Watson said just before the team boarded the plane to Cape Town yesterday that he is reasonably confident the side can come away from Newlands with success.

“If the guys keep playing good cricket and focus on what we are doing well, the rest will take care of itself,” said Watson.

Western Province head coach Salieg Nackerdien told The Witness yesterday that his side have respect for Inland and anticipate a competitive four days.

Certainly, a WP team that includes star quality players, such as opener and spinner Alistair Gray, who took 96 off the Dolphins attack in the four-day friendly at the PMB Oval six weeks ago, Cobras’ rookie-contracted Mohammed Yaseen Vallie, Beuren Hendricks and Gurshwin Rabie, should provide Watson’s lads with a searching test of their abilities.



KZN Inland: Mario Olivier, Cheslyn Nhlapo, Kimeshan Chetty, Chad Barron, Kyle Nipper (capt), Mbasa Gqadushe, Rudi Hillerman, Faheem Suleman, Emmanuel Mkhize, Brady Barends, Tim Drummond, Oliver Humphries, Bradley Moses.

WP: Alistair Gray, Martin Walters, Mohammed Yaseen Vallie, Dominic Telo, Matthew Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Mujahid Behardien, Denver Carolus, Dane Paterson, Gurshwin Rabie, Beuren Hendricks, Johan Bothma.

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