In­land ‘ want to fin­ish well against West­ern Prov­ince’

The Witness - Wheels - - SPORT - JONATHAN COOK

WHILE the de­feat on Sun­day in the CSA Pro­vin­cial Chal­lenge 50- over match put paid to cham­pi­ons KZN In­land’s hopes of reach­ing this year’s fi­nal, coach Grant Mor­gan said be­fore board­ing a flight to Cape Town yes­ter­day that the play­ers were in pos­i­tive mood.

In­land take on West­ern Prov­ince from to­day through to Sun­day in the Sun­foil 3- Day Cup be­fore tack­ling WP in Sun­day’s T20 clash.

“It was mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing but it doesn’t take away the fact that we have had a very good sea­son and again punched well above our weight,” said Mor­gan. “The boys want to fin­ish off well against West­ern Prov­ince and are in the right mind­set to do that.”

It’s not go­ing to be an easy task as WP have qual­ity about them. Bats­man Pi­eter Malan is ninth in the three- day av­er­ages with 694 runs at an av­er­age of 53,38 while 19- year- old Zubayr Hamza is in 11th spot with 448 runs at 49,77 and left- han­der Matthew Klein­veldt is 14th with 614 runs at 43,85.

In­land open­ing bat Nic Hen­drie is in 16th place in the com­pe­ti­tion’s top 20 bats­men with 262 runs from three matches dur­ing an in­jury- ham­pered sea- son at an av­er­age of 43,66.

In­land will miss the pace and swing of Matt Pil­lans and Gra­ham Hume, who are in the Dol­phins side up at the Wan­der­ers where they take on the Li­ons. Hume is the run­away leader in the Sun­foil 3- Day Cup bowl­ing av­er­ages with 26 wickets in five matches at 11 runs per wicket. In­land leg- spin­ner Ab­dul Razak is 12th in the bowl­ing stakes with 22 wickets at 19,18 and could be a ma­jor threat in tan­dem with left- arm spin­ner Kyle Nip­per.

At the top of the In­land bat­ting or­der, Im­raan Khan will be missed, as he is also in the Dol­phins side af­ter a great run with the bat in the fran­chise com­pe­ti­tion. Back in the In­land side are top- or­der bats­men Abram Ndhlovu, who was with Uganda in Wind­hoek re­cently, and SJ Er­wee, who showed with a sub­lime knock on Sun­day that he is well on the road to full fit­ness again. For the rest, it’s the same lads who did battle against Boland.

In­land skip­per Shane Burger is the right man at the helm when emo­tions have run high and his lead­er­ship role in all re­spects will be im­por­tant. The T20 match is on Sun­day.

KZN In­land: Abram Ndhlovu, Nic Hen­drie, Tshepang Dit­hole, SJ Er­wee, So­hail Razack, Shane Burger ( capt), Kyle Nip­per, Ruan Pre­to­rius, Mbasa Gqadushe, Ab­dul Razak, Athi Ma­posa.

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