‘Oval massacre’: WP annihilate KZN Inland at PMB

2011-10-17 00:00

CALL it the Maritzburg Oval Massacre or the Dusi End Demolition, but the bottom line is that KZN Inland crashed to their second defeat in succession when Western Province beat them by an innings and 247 runs on Saturday morning.

This Provincial Three-Day Challenge match was to be followed by yesterday’s T20 bash, but it was abandoned without a ball being bowled, despite the teams waiting into the afternoon for conditions to improve sufficiently for the match to begin.

Yet the talk among PMB cricket folk over the weekend was the utter disbelief at Inland’s landslide loss in the three-dayer. It took just over four overs for the match to end on Saturday morning, with left-arm spinner Siya Simetu’s three wickets for two runs in 14 deliveries bringing the mismatch to a merciful end as Inland were knocked over for 68 in two hours of batting with five players getting nought.

Simetu (20), born and raised in Cape Town, took nine for 38 in the match after snapping up seven for 21 during Inland’s second innings meltdown. His bowling with such destructive force from the Dusi End will be a memory to last a lifetime.

After winning the toss and electing to bat on Thursday, Inland were rolled over for 131. They had WP in early trouble after good bowling with the new ball and back-up spin, but the advent of Weshaam Keraan, on first-class debut at age 29, took the game away from Inland for good. His masterly 189 not out was the backbone of WP’s 446.

There are four weeks or so before Inland’s next match, which gives head coach Anton Roux and assistant coach Paul Atkins some time to assess the talent and desire available to them. Never before has there been such an opportune moment for those willing and able to put their hands up.

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