Alexander sets up Inland win

An inspired spell of pace bowling by Craig Alexander set the scene for Inland’s six-wicket win over Easterns in their one-day CSA match at The Oval on Sunday.
Alexander ripped through the Easterns top order and proved a handful all day with figures of 4/22 and an economy rate of 2.20. The visitors battled against his pace and only a heroic stand between lower order batsmen Siphamandla Dapo (56) and Kyle Marshall (50) brought a modicum of respectability to the Easterns total of 205.
But the target was never going to be enough on a pitch that provided plenty of bounce. With SJ Erwee in imperious form, scoring 97 that included 13 fours and a six, at marginally under a run a ball, Easterns fate was sealed early. Not helping was some wayward bowling – 38 extras in all – while Abram Ndhlovu (31) and Brad Modes (21) also weighed in with useful contributions.
The target was comfortably reached with more than 10 overs to spare as the home team collected maximum haul of five points. Sunday’s win catapults Inland to fifth place on the log on 17, five points behind leaders Gauteng , with a match in hand.
Inclement weather spoilt the three-day game as a contest, with Inland having the better of the exchanges. Sent in to bat, Inland scored 236 with Ruhan Pretorius (60), Erwee (48), Divan van Wyk (42) and Moses (33) getting among the runs.
Like in the one-day game, Alexander tormented the Easterns batters with a haul of 5/59 in the first innings to help dismiss Easterns for 219. With Pretorius (66 not out), Moses (60) and Van Wyk (42) going after the attack, Inland declared its second innings at 265/7, But rain and poor light intervened to ruin an exciting contest.
Inland this week travel to Pretoria for the double header against Northerns.


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