Inland’s coming of age

The Inland cricket squad boosted its hopes of another trophy by beating the powerful Western Province line-up in a pulsating T20 encounter at The Oval on Sunday.
Batting first WP, posted a competitive 133/9 its 20 overs with MbasaGqadushe, who has been keeping wicket lately, the best of the bowlers with a haul of three wickets for 26 runs.
The Inland batsmen went after the bowling with considered vengeance and timed the chase to perfection. SJ Erwee (19), Tyler Lortan (36), Matthew Hulett (30) and Kyle Nipper (26) all maintained healthy strike rates to help Inland built a sound platform for the final flurry. The winning run was scored with two balls left, seeing a jubilant Inland home.
With the home side claiming the four points on offer, Inland is sitting pretty on top of the coastal stream and on track to challenge for a finals berth to see if it can add the CSA T20 trophy to the CSA 50-over silverware it won in December.
The three-day game from Thursday to Saturday ended in a draw, despite the efforts of both teams to turn it into an exciting contest. Inland may not be challenging for title honours, but its finish in the top half of the table is by far the best in recent seasons, and bodes well for the future.
Inland’s final three-day match of the season, against Eastern Province, starts on February 13. The T20 follows on Sunday, February 1.
Cricket fans are reminded that a Cricket SA delegation will present the CSA 50-over trophy to Inland ahead of the start of the three-day match on Thursday.


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