KZN cricket sides relish upcoming encounters

2013-10-03 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland and Coastal cricket sides are jumping out of their skins to get on the pitch for their respective Provincial Competition matches from today to Sunday.

Inland meet Namibia at the Maritzburg Oval while Coastal tackle Northerns at Kingsmead.

The new-look KZN Inland squad has seen some players unlucky to be left out, but new additions in former Gauteng captain Shane Burger, the genuine all-rounder, former Dolphins captain Imraan Khan, Gauteng bowling all-rounder Graham Hume, and Dolphins fast bowler Craig Alexander add much-needed punch and polish to the side.

Inland coach Grant Morgan told The Witness yesterday that he felt for the players from the strengthened, larger squad who were left out this weekend, but all were very much a part of the picture for the 2013/14 season.

“In this new season we have got to start somewhere, though,” said Morgan.

“In Imraan we have a quality Dolphins cricketer who has contributed so much to the franchise, Shane is a true all-rounder and fine leader, Graham is a bowling all-rounder with a first-class hundred under his belt, which will add batting depth, while Craig can be very, very quick.”

Morgan said Ruan Pretorius was one of the unlucky players not in the three-day side, but is in the 50-over team for Sunday.

“We’ve got an experienced, balanced group, but a quality team sheet doesn’t automatically translate into performance out in the middle and the guys are very aware of that.”

A look at the PMB Oval pitch yesterday would suggest that both the batters and bowlers will fancy their chances, which points to four days of entertaining cricket.

KZN Coastal, who won convincingly against Griquas last weekend, were busy training when The Witness contacted coach Roger Telemachus and he was unavailable for comment. But based on their performance in Kimberley last weekend — and the extremely strong squad announced yesterday — there appears little doubt that Coastal will give Northerns a testing time at Kingsmead.

Coastal thrashed Griquas by an innings and 77 runs in the three-dayer with Khaya Zondo (175), Nashen Govender (106) and Chad Bowes (74) shining with the bat, and Robbie Frylinck (six wickets) and Calvin Savage (four wickets) the stand-out bowlers. Coastal harvested a bumper 19,96 points to Griquas’ one point.

The Durban side also coasted to victory in the 50-over clash, winning by three wickets with 17 deliveries in hand for four log points, the top performers being Savage (three for 36 and 76), Daryn Smit (four for 39) and Robbie Frylinck (41).

However, Northerns thrashed Boland by an innings and 163 runs in Pretoria last week before winning the 50-over by five runs, so it’s anybody’s game.


KZN Inland: 3-Day: Nick Hendrie, Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, SJ Erwee, Shane Burger (capt), Kyle Nipper (vice-capt), Mbasa Gqadushe, Graham Hume, Tabraiz Shamsi, Craig Alexander, Sinethemba Mjekula.

50-over: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, SJ Erwee, Matt Hulett, Kyle Nipper (vice-capt), Shane Burger (capt), Ruan Pretorius, Mbasa Gqadushe, Craig Alexander, Tabraiz Shamsi.

KZN Coastal: 3-Day: Jonathan Vandiar, Nashen Govender, David Miller, Daryn Smit (capt), Cody Chetty, Chad Bowes, Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Sumanth Sunkari, Tsepho Moreki, Daryn du Pavillon, Senuran Muthusamy.

50-over: Jonathan Vandiar, Morné van Wyk (capt), Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit, Tsepho Moreki, Sumanth Sunkari, Calvin Savage, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi, Senuran Muthusamy.

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