KwaZulu-Natal will be divided in two when Hollywoodbets KZN Inland and Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal go head-to-head this week in the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and CSA Provincial One Day Challenge at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.
Both sides will be looking to claim bragging rights in the much anticipated KZN derby as both sides are looking to climb up their respective tables after indifferent starts to their red ball campaigns.
The encounter will be a motivated one as both sides are still chasing their first wins of the 3-day Cup. Inland and Coastal are placed second from the bottom of pool A and B respectively.
Heading into the derby, the bowlers on both sides might fancy their chances.
KZN Inland fast bowler Graham Hume will be one player to look out for as he has proven to be a tricky customer with the ball. Hume has been the chief destroyer taking 11 wickets in just four matches with best figures of 4-50.
On the other hand, KZN Coastal Keith Dudgeon is also on 11 wickets with best match figures of nine for 123 against North West at Potchefstroom. Dudgeon’s 11 wickets in the campaign have come at an impressive average of just 16 runs conceded per wicket.
Both teams have not quite capitalised with the bat throughout their respective campaigns and that influences their positions on the log.
KZN Inland Captain Luke Schlemmer will walk into the PMB Oval as the leading run scorer of the two teams. Schlemmer is currently ranked fifth on the leading run scorers list with 300 runs.
Schlemmer is tied with three other batsmen to have scored two centuries in the competition thus far, the most in the tournament.
With an average of 60, Schlemmer and wicketkeeper Grant Roelofsen have been the anchors of the Inland batting line-up. Together the middle order batsmen have scored a bulk of the teams runs and will be difficult customers for the Coastal bowlers this week.
21-year-old Blayde Capell has also been in good form with the bat in the 3-day format for KZN Coastal boasting an average of 40 in first-class cricket with a high score of 98 against Border at Kingsmead.
“Obviously the boys are really excited about the derby but we don’t want to treat it differently to any other game,” Inland coach Shane Burger mentioned.
“We get Grant (Roelofsen), (Lwandiswa) Zuma and Cody Chetty for this one – Cody playing his first three day game for Inland which is great – so that helps after we lost (Kerwin) Mungroo to the Paarl Rocks.
“I am hoping for a strong response from the boys after what happened against Notherns so there is a lot of motivation to do well.”
Inland have enjoyed better fortune in the 50 over competition and sit second in group A while the coastal neighbours are fifth in group B.
Luke Schlemmer is currently the tournament’s second highest run scorer with 236 runs at an average of 78. Schlemmer’s team mate Sohail Mahmoud is currently fifth in the runs standings with 183.
Coastal captain Khalipa Cele is Coastal’s highest run scorer with 130 runs at an average of 43.
On the bowling front Inland’s Gareth Dukes is tied with four other bowlers on nine wickets for the tournament but is second on the averages list with a balls per wicket ratio of 14.66.
Coastal speedster Daryn Dupavillon is their best bowler in the white ball tournament. He has taken five wickets in the two games that he has played at an average of 14.
Across the two squads there will eleven players that have represented the Dolphins in various formats on display.
Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal 3-Day Provincial Cup/One Day Challenge Squad
Michael Erlank, Mishkal Ramsaroop, Jason Oakes (wkt), Marques Ackerman, Khalipha Cele (c), Blayde Capell, Prenelan Subrayen, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Keith Dudgeon, Thula Ngcobo, Daryn Dupavillon, Tyron Koen, Zakariya Paruk, Brad Porteous.
Hollywoodbets KZN Inland 3-Day Provincial Cup/One Day Challenge Squad
Johnny Riekert, Sithabiso Zungu, Luke Schlemmer (c), Cody Chetty, Grant Roelofsen (wk), Kushen Kishun, Graham Hume, Gareth Dukes, Kurtlyn Mannikam, Athi Maposa, Lwandiswa Zuma, Nduduzo Mfoza, Sohail Mahmoud.
In a rain affected game at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, the Durban Heat opened their Mzansi Super League account with a 10 run victory, via the DLS method, over the Tshwane Spartans.
The game was an exciting contest throughout with both sides seizing the initiative at different stages in an enthralling game of 19 over-a-side cricket after early rain meant the deduction of one over.
After winning the toss the Heat chose to field first. It was a tentative start from both sides and with the score on 27 the Heat struck, debutant Tdladi Bokako had Theunis de Bruyn caught for seven. 19 runs later captain Albie Morkel had Tony de Zorzi caught behind for eight.
Gihahn Cloete batted will for the visitors and he and the danger man AB de Villiers put on 17 before Keshav Maharaj had De Villiers trapped in front for 10.
From there seamers Kyle Abbott (4/27) and Marchant de Lange (1/16) bowled well in tandem with the pair putting together combined figures of eight overs, five for 43 runs.
“I thought that Marchant (De Lange) deserved a few more wickets,” man of the match Kyle Abbott said after the game.
“I think he might have softened them up for me to come in and take the wickets.
“He’s an impact bowler and we have known that for years. I think that he is in the right environment here to showcase his skill which is really exciting for us.”
Cloete finished with 55 and he was De Lange’s only victim. From that stage it was Abbott who went about destroying the Spartans’ middle order and helping the Heat restrict the men from the capital to 139 for nine in their 19 overs.
In the chase the Heat started carefully with openers Morné van Wyk and Hashim Amla putting on 24 for the first wicket before Van Wyk departed for 22 from 16 deliveries in the fifth over.
35 runs later Heat debutant Heinrich Klaasen was caught for 21 and then a run later Amla was caught behind off the bowling of Andrew Birch for 24.
Another Heat debutant David Miller fell cheaply for seven and the Heat were 83 for four at the end of the thirteenth over.
Khaya Zondo and captain Morkel then came together with the weather approaching and the pair repeated their heroics from match day one when they put on a match winning partnership of 40.
Zondo batted fluently for his 25 off 11 balls until he was caught off the bowling of Lutho Sipamla.
Morkel then blasted his way to 26 from 12 balls before he too fell victim to the young quick. Morkel managed to hit Sikandar Raza’s second over for 19 which put the Heat ahead on the infamous DLS system.
“I knew that the rain was coming and it had started drizzling and so when that overcame I was going to have a go,” Morkel said.
“Luckily Khaya and myself got a few boundaries and got us ahead of the rate before the rain came.”
The Heat put in a strong fielding display taking some tough catches which was backed up by good bowling on the most part. To see those sorts of catches go to hand is pleasing for Morkel in a game that can be won and lost on tight chances.
“To come out here after the disappointment of Sunday and to field the way that we did was very satisfying.
“I was very proud of the effort the guys put in in the field and the bowlers also stuck to their plans and executed well.”
The Durban Heat travel to Nelson Mandela Bay to take on the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in their third match of the Mzansi Super League starting at 7pm on Friday evening at St George’s Park.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketpro.co.za and at Kingsmead Stadium.
More information can be found at www.durbanheat.co.za.
Durban Heat Fixtures:
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George’s, Port Elizabeth
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.
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