KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU1816

12 Apr 2018

Embargo : None

Written by: Nick Tatham

KZN dominate day one of Sunfoil Cup final

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Coastals side laid down a strong marker on day one of their Sunfoil 3 Day Cup clash with Namibia, as they bowled the visitors out and wiped off the deficit on day one on Thursday at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.

After winning the toss and putting our westerly neighbours in on a sporting wicket with a bit of weather around, the hosts were decisive as they picked up wickets regularly throughout the Namibian innings.

From the get-go the KZN side were on top despite the positive run-rate that the Namibians developed throughout. After being hit for four first ball Calvin Savage bowled the Namibian captain Stephan Baard with the next ball.

In the third over Savage accounted for Jean Bredenkamp for one and the visitors were struggling on 8/2.

Resistance came from Lohan Louwrens and Gerhard Erasmus who managed to stable the vessel slightly putting on 49 for the third wicket before Louwrens fell for 30 from just 33 deliveries.

Erasmus and Niko Davin then increased the total by 13 before Savage had his fourth when Erasmus was trapped in front for 34.

The top order had been destroyed by some aggressive, attacking fast bowling from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder.

In a stroke of genius, captain Khalipha Cele introduced left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy from the Old Fort End and the spinner was in the money almost immediately when he bowled Davin for 10.

Jan Frylinck then holed out off Muthusamy leaving their side 90/6 in the 24th over of day one.

A 30 run partnership between JJ Smit and Zane Green took the men from the West Coast over the 100 run mark. Smit became Savage's fifth victim when he was caught by wicket-keeper Jason Oakes for 14.

Christopher Coombe then fell first ball to the wily Muthusamy before Green fell 11 runs later to become Muthusamy's fourth when he was caught and bowled.

The last Namibian to fall was number 11 Christiaan Snyman, who was out LBW to Muthusamy for a duck handing the spinner his fifth wicket.

Savage ended with 5/45 from 13 overs while Muthusamy finished the innings with a miserly 5/18 in 12.3 overs to dismiss Namibia for 132.

The reply from the KZN side was superseding as openers Mishkal Ramsaroop and Michael Erlank dominated the bowling in the afternoon to put their side firmly on the front foot.

Ramsaroop finished the day on a solid 75 from 132 balls well his opening partner Erlank was just as strong with 81 not out off 193 balls.

The KZN side finished the opening day on 161 without loss and will start the second day of the clash with a lead of 29 runs.

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Senuran Muthusamy was the stand out on day one of the 2018 Sunfoil 3 Day Cup final when he picked up 5/18 to give the KZN Coastals side the advantage against Namibia at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Anesh Debiky/
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