Having finished top of pool D after an exciting weekend of action that saw them win two from two KZN Inland will face Gauteng in the 2017 Africa T20 Cup semi-final on Sunday 24 September aiming for a spot in the final to be played on the public holiday on Monday 25 September in Kimberley.
KZN Inland have historically fared well in the Africa T20 Cup, only missing out on the play-offs on one occasion, 2016, and following their strong performances in East London last weekend where they beat Zimbabwe and hosts Border, they will be in high spirits going into the semi-final.
Dolphins opening batsman Sarel Erwee was in fine form for Inland over the two fixtures, notching up effortless half centuries in both encounters and despite him currently doing duty for the KZN franchise in the Sunfoil Series coach Shane Burger knows that having him for the play-offs will be a huge bonus.
“He’s [Erwee] an Inland boy at heart and he’s such a vital cog in our set-up that we always appreciate having him in our line-up,” Burger said.
“His career now lies with the Dolphins and hopefully South Africa but to have a player and a character like him available is invaluable.”
KZN Inland will go into the play-offs with the same squad of players that did duty at Buffalo Park, however despite this squad continuity the challenge that Gauteng are going to pose is not lost on Burger.
“I think as you shorten the game to T20 cricket Namibia become more and more dangerous.
“I am sure that they are going to be studying us closely and will provide a really stern test for us,” he added.
Having had one of their games at the coast rained out last weekend, Inland travel to Kimberley for the play-off phase of the competition, which Burger believes might benefit his chargers.
“The Kimberley wicket is normally a really good one with a bit more pace in it than East London, which could suit our batsmen a bit more.
“We are used to preparing on tricky surfaces in Maritzburg so the boys are always grateful to get onto quicker pitches,” Burger emphasised.
KZN Inland Squad: Gareth Dukes, Sarel Erwee, Graham Hume, Kushen Kishun, Sohail Mahmoud, Kurtlyn Mannikam, Athi Maposa, Nduduzo Mfoza, Lefa Mosena (c), Kerwin Mungaroo, Ruhan Pretorius, Kyle Nipper, Grant Roelofsen.