The fortunes of the KZN Inland side have changed markedly this season compared with previous years. Much of the change is attributed to a mindset-shift introduced by new coach Grant Morgan, and a new-found belief in the young side that it has the potential and ability to win.
Competing in the 3-day and 1-day competitions under the auspices of Cricket SA, Inland is experiencing a resurgence of note. Like all stories about a revival, it is by no means a smooth process. By way of illustration, Inland at point occupied a comfortable mid-table position in the 3-day competition, and was in fourth place in the coastal stream of the 1-day competition.
Inland is currently 9th on the 3-day log contested by 14 teams. Inland finished second from the bottom in the 1-day league (coastal pool) and as per the CSA competition set-up, Inland is now contesting the Pro20 competition, but against teams in the inland pool.
In this respect, Inland lost against the powerful Gauteng line-up in the opening Pro20 game at The Oval. Inland may occupy the bottom rung, but there’s no doubting the resolve of this young team to deliver on its potential.
There are many highlights – and some disappointments – in the season thus far. The undoubted highlight was Inland’s demolition of SWD in their first home game at The Oval. The 3-day match may have produced a draw, but Inland had the ascendency and were on track for victory till rain spoiled the party. There were no such qualms in the 1-day match when Inland overwhelmed SWD, first by dismissing the visitors with 20 overs to spare, and then smashing the target total of 133 in 17.2 overs with all 10 wickets intact.
The season is far from over, and the objective of this young Inland squad is to build on the good work thus far.
Points Table 3-day match
(as on January 23, 2013)
|S West D||6||3||1||0||2||0||63.5|
Points Table (1-day match)
(Completed on January 5, 2013.) Teams now contest Pro20 format
|S West D||6||2||3||0||1||11||-0.939|
Points Table (Pro20)
(as on January 23)