Inland go down fighting

It was a productive visit to the capital of KZN for Griquas that claimed the scalp of Inland in their one-day match and shaded the hosts in the three-day match that ended on Saturday.
Inland elected to bat first in the one-day match and found the going tough against an accurate bowling attack. Stalwart Kyle Nipper scored a respectable 57 with support from Shane Burger (45) and Divan van Wyk (39) to post 209. Griquas achieved the target without too much fuss for the loss of six wickets and almost six overs to spare, helped by the knocks of Diego Rossier (70) and Reeza Hendrciks (63). Ruan Pretorius was the pick of the Inlad bowlers with two wickets for 32 runs.
The three-day was a different spectacle all together. Put into bat, Griquas put Inland to the sword to post an intimidating 440 before declaring with nine wickets down. Destroyers in chief were Alan Kruger (103), Werner Swanepoel (96) and Aubrey Swanepoel (66) with Shane Burger (3/45) and Graham Hume (2/55) doing the damage for Inland. The long day in the field took its toll on Inland that were dismissed for 150 with Graham Hume (41 not out) and Sinthemba Mjekula (31 not out) wagging the tail for a modicum of respectability.
Keen for a contest, Inland declared at 150/9 and with Griquas sportingly forfeiting its second innings, Inland was set a target of 291. It proved an entertaining innings, but a steady loss of wickets did not help the Inland cause. Nic Hendrie posted a respectable 41, but with bad light bring an end to proceedings, it was the visitors from Kimberly that garnered 9.1 points with Inland claiming four points from the draw.
Next up at The Oval is the Sunfoil Dolphins taking on the Cape Cobras in a Sunfoil Series four-day match that promises to be a riveting encounter.


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