Inland lose star player for months

2018-09-26 06:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket team have suffered a major blow with one of their top players, Ruhan Pretorius, set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Pretorius collided with team-mate Kyle Nipper during the Africa T20 Cup match against Uganda last Friday and broke his shoulder.

The 27-year-old Pretorius was due to go in for surgery late yesterday, but his coach Shane Burger said the player was likely to be out of action at least three months.

Said Burger: “We are waiting for the doctors to let us know when we can expect him back, but it looks like he could be out for anything between three to six months and that is a big loss for us.”

Pretorius finished the previous campaign as Inland’s leading run scorer in the CSA Provincial One-day Challenge with an amazing 340 runs from 10 matches he played in the competition.

For their first match in the CSA Three-day Series this season, they will travel to Johannesburg to play Gauteng on October 4.

On October 7 they will play Gauteng again in the One-day Challenge and Pretorius will miss those games.

“That’s very unfortunate because he is currently in good form, he is probably our best player at the moment.

But with that comes an opportunity for someone else,” said the coach.

Burger also said Grant Roelofsen, who was rushed to hospital on Sunday after he injured himself, would be available for both clashes.

“Grant just had an unfortunate incident, he will be out for a few days and I think he will be able to recover a lot quicker than someone like Ruhan.”

The coach said they needed to learn from their disappointing performance in the T20 Cup, which saw them fail to defend the title.

“That’s not the start we want, but life always throws you challenges just when you are thinking you are on top of everything.

So we are going to see it as a challenge because you don’t become a poor team over two days. There are few things we need to do better,” said Burger.

Meanwhile, CSA yesterday conducted the draw for the semi-final rounds of the Africa T20 Cup competition to be played this coming long weekend at Buffalo Park in East London.

Gauteng will face North West in the first semi-final followed by the second one between hosts Border and Easterns.

The final will be on Monday.

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