FRIDAY the 13th was a good day for KZN Inland at Kingsmead, with KZN Coastal yesterday trailing by 35 runs with seven second-innings wickets to come in this Provincial Three-Day Challenge encounter.
Resuming on their overnight 64 for one with SJ Erwee on 24, Inland dominated Friday’s play. The St Charles product compiled a career-best 89 and was unfortunate not to chalk up his maiden first-class ton in six matches after batting for four hours and facing 193 deliveries that included 12 boundaries.
Devon Conway hit three fours and three sixes in his 46 and captain Kyle Nipper, who took a career-best six for 56 off 26 in Coastal’s first innings, batted two hours for his half-century which included seven fours and a six as Inland put together partnerships of 69 for the second, 96 for the third and 58 for the sixth wicket in reaching 325.
Coastal’s right-arm seamer Chad Fortune, turning 20 on February 10, returned his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket in just his third match at this level.
Coastal are on an uncomfortable 57 for three in their second knock after Kimeshan Chetty and Athi Maposa got in amongst them and one fancies that much depends on Gareth Roderick, Matt Hulett and Cameron Delport, if needed, in today’s first session.
Tomorrow sees the T20 bash starting at 11 am at the same venue.
KZN Coastal first innings 233
KZN Inland first innings
C Barron c Barnes b Mlongo 5
N Bhayla c Delport b Mlongo 31
S Erwee c Barnes b Mlongo 89
D Conway c Hulett b Delport 46
G Addicott c Barnes b Fortune 14
K Nipper b Fortune 52
R Hillermann c Hulett b Gobind 21
B Barends lbw b Fortune 14
K Chetty c Roderick b Fortune 10
T Shamsi c Kruger b Fortune 9
A Maposa not out 0
Extras (b2, lb5, w9, nb18) 34
Total (all out; 102 overs) 325
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-89, 3-185, 4-210, 5-215, 6-273, 7-302, 8-311, 9-325, 10-325
Bowling: Gobind 22-5-48-1, Mlongo 21-9-42-3, Fortune 15-1-86-5, Razak 19-4-66-0, Kishun 15-4-38-0, Delport 8-2-29-1, Govender 2-0-9-0
KZN Coastal second innings
B Barnes c Nipper b Chetty 19
N Govender lbw Maposa 11
B Kruger lbw Chetty 2
G Roderick not out 10
M Hulett not out 10
Extras (w5) 5
Total (3 wickets; 17 overs) 57
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-27, 3-39
Bowling: Hillermann 1-0-12-0, Chetty 5-0-13-2, Barends 5-3-13-0, Nipper 3-1-7-0, Maposa 2-0-11-1, Shamsi 1-0-1-0.