DESPITE losing their Dolphins players, the KwaZulu-Natal Inland cricket team feel confident ahead of their CSA Provincial Three-Day Competition game against Northerns starting at Centurion today.
Tabriaz Shamsi, Matthew Pillans and Abdul Razak return in the place of Divan van Wyk, Imran Khan and Craig Alexander for Shane Burger’s boys. Coach Grant Morgan said they were taking the game against the second on the log Northerns very seriously.
“We’re feeling confident. Our team has changed a bit. We’ve been disappointing in certain areas, but we’re trying to move forward,” Morgan told The Witness from Pretoria yesterday.
Although they’ve won just one three-day game this season, Inland have picked up bonus points in four of the six games they’ve played.
“We need to play better, and we need to hold out for longer. We’re taking this game very seriously,” Morgan said.
Having been unlucky not to snatch a win against Easterns last week, Inland should feel they have the upper hand against a Northerns side that was walloped by Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town last weekend.
With both sides winning their one-day games on Sunday this week, Monday’s fixture should be a cracking encounter. Inland, who are fifth on the log sit, one place above the boys from Pretoria, who are in sixth.
The game was initially scheduled to be played on Sunday, but with Nelson Mandela’s funeral taking place on that day, it has been moved to Monday.
The team to take the field are: Abdul Razak, Lepono Ndhlovu, Sarel Erwee, Brad Moses, Shane Burger (captain), Kyle Nipper, Ruhan Pretorious, Mbasa Gqadushe (wicketkeeper), Graham Hume, Matthew Pillans, Tabriaz Shamsi, Sibonelo Mthimkhulu (12th man).