Left-arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi came close to bowling Inland to an improbable win over Border in their CSA 3-day match at The Oval on Saturday, January 19 with an impressive haul of 11 wickets; five in the first innings and six in the second innings.
This was Inland’s first match after the festive season break, but Shamsi’s heroics was not enough as Border squeeked home by one wicket on Saturday morning. The visitors from East London capitalised on Inland’s poor first innings total of 112 in which bowler Mathew Pillans (25) top scored. Border posted 218 in reply before Inland’s second knock of 268 in which Shane Burger played a captain’s innings of 83 not out with ample support from Imran Khan (63).
Inland defended their slim lead of 164 runs like Trojans, and at stumps on Friday, had Border in trouble at 72/5. With wickets falling at regular intervals on Saturday morning, Inland was in with a real chance of victory. But the Border tail enders hung on grimly to deny Inland victory in a highly entertaining match.
INLAND STORMS TO T20 WIN
Having come desperately close to beating back Border’s challenge in the CSA 3-day match, Inland cantered to an 8-wicket win in their T20 encounter on Sunday.A fired-up Inland bowling attack dismissed Border for a lowly 118 runs in their allotted 20 overs, before putting the visitors from East London to the sword and winning comfortably with an over to spare.
Having lost the wickets of Dolphins opener Imran Khan and the usually prolific SJ Erwee cheaply, another Dolphins regular Divan van Wyk (51 not out) and the talented Mathew Hulett(53) saw the hosts home. Earlier Ruan Pretorius claimed 3/18 and was supported by Mathew Pillans (2/28), Yusuf Abdulla (1/14) and Mbusa Gqadushe (1/6) with a run- out and stumping, both in which skipper Shane Burger featured.