Don't write off Ntini just yet

2010-01-10 22:31

Johann de Jager

Bloemfontein – Don’t write off Makhaya Ntini just yet.

The Mdingi Express (5/26) on Sunday kept alive the Warriors’ prospects of a semi-final spot in the MTN40-series in their clash against the Diamond Eagles.

The visitors won by nine wickets according to the Duckworth-Lewis Method after the Eagles had earlier been dismissed for 223 in the last over of their innings.

Following rain interruption, the Warriors’ winning total in the fifth over (12/1) was adapted to 212 in 36 overs.

After another interruption at 95/1 after 18 overs the visitors had to score 168 off 28 overs for the win.

The Warriors’ Jon-Jon Smuts (75*, 83?balls) and Colin Ingram (80*, 65?b) batted superbly, posting an unbeaten partnership of 163 off just 146 deliveries to get their team on dry ground.

The Eagles have fallen back and with one game left the writing appears on the wall.

The winning of the toss put the Warriors on the front foot early on.

Ntini had the Eagles on the back foot with 2/9 off six overs after the home side had been sent in to bat in the cloudy conditions.

Three batsmen - Boeta Dippenaar (12), Morné van Wyk (14) and Rilee Rossouw (0) – were dismissed with the score on 26.

Ryan Bailey (77, 77b) and Con de Lange (39, 48b) consolidated and Adrian McLaren gave the innings further momentum when the sun was still shining.

McLaren (49, 33b) was unlucky not to get a third straight half-century. He was caught at point with the first delivery of Ntini’s second bowling spell.

Ntini, who did not make South Africa’s team for the third Test against England, took another two wickets with his last two deliveries. He beat Dillon du Preez (0) with a slower delivery at the end.

Meanwhile, the Titans and Dolphins both got two points in Benoni on Sunday after their game was called off due to an unplayable outfield. It was enough for the Titans (29 points after eight games) to overtake the Cape Cobras (28 after nine) as leaders.


  • lol - 2010-01-11 07:11

    even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then........ lets not get too carried away from this lucky performance

  • Chris G - 2010-01-11 07:35

    But then I also saw him getting whacked to every part of the ground on Friday and not taking wickets.

  • fair play - 2010-01-11 07:37

    @ lol, give the guy a chance, it's not fair on Ntini, after all SA still drew the last test without him present so you cant blame him alone for the teams poor showing

  • pedro - 2010-01-11 07:55

    @lol Why do you have to be so negative? The man did well, be happy for him.

  • lolo - 2010-01-11 08:16

    After seeing all the bowling that is available in the domestic competition. Makhaya is still better than all of these youngstars. It wont be long before he gets back into the test side.

  • Cricketer - 2010-01-11 08:18

    They must leave Makhaya alone, as they go down to number 4 in the world. Let the Proteas who only give a chance to certain "people" be proven wrong by many teams, I never thought I'll say this but the Ozzies are the Best in the world no matter what they say, they play clean & pressure cricket. The main problem with Proteas is Graeme Smith's captaincy not players our players are top Notch, but he is a weak man that make too many wrong decisions on fielding & bowling choices at certain crucial times of the game.

  • Oriel - 2010-01-11 08:25

    Makhaya is too old,as long as he is still there(National Team),there will be no transformation, he would be used as scapegoat. Am tired of Ntini,we need new fresh face,young and no just one person, define like he represent the entire black population cricket. Go and rest, start development programme while you can. Good cricketers likes of Jonty,Pollock and others left not because of age, but because of they want to give young stars a chance,Why you.

  • Centurion - 2010-01-11 08:34

    SA could have used him on the last day at Newlands to at least build pressure at one end (He couldn't have done any worse that De Wet and Harris).

  • Jack Turner - 2010-01-11 08:45

    " Cricketer"...You two bit fool...if you cant comment constructivly...dont comment at all.....`

  • Just Cricket - 2010-01-11 09:18

    Don't write of Gibbs just yet. Top run scorer in MTN40 so far with 2 hundreds, 3 fifties in 8 innings, most sixes (20), 94 average and 123 strike rate. Ntini may be good for ODI's from now, I don't see him playing test cricket again, unfortunately!

  • Neil - 2010-01-11 10:43

    The problem is quiet frankly, we don't have a top class spinner! I am a Harris fan, but he is struggling at the moment, and we have no one who can step up and fill the gap. They shold drop Harris, put in Parnel, and use Duminy at the spinner. The wanderers is not normally a spinners paradise! "Cricketer" you must be joking, so I will grant you a reprieve, as no one with any understanding cricket and how it is played would deliberately make a comment like that!

  • TeddyM - 2010-01-11 11:37

    The problem with SA's fans (and sometimes the establishment) is that we do not except sports for what it is: some games you losse (and learn from these) and some you win (and you celebrate and improve on these). The best performing countries do not chop-and-change their teams when they loose 3 games. They persist and improve - look at the English team! I can say the same for Australia (spit)... Which tried and tested bowler (not in the team) is currently performing better than Makhaya?

  • Hotti Louw - 2010-01-11 11:39

    Ntini was a threat to Shaun Pollocks record. Drop the mafia in the Proteas team - Kallis, Boucher and Smith. They rule and dictate who is in and who is out! The team is bigger than the man... mafia are performing as individuals but they are a cancer to the team... The team is bigger than the man.

  • JustinD - 2010-01-11 12:12

    I also like Ntini BUT he has been passed Int cricket for the last teo seasons now.

  • Michael - 2010-01-11 13:38

    To Jack Turner. Talk about comstructive comments - take a lesson from Cricketer. Ntini does not have the fire power to be SA test squad. he is only hanging around to get the cash. Cant blame him. Ntini must give up before he makes his name toilet.

  • SODELA - 2010-01-15 22:29

    The selection panel must not be shy to put 4 or more black performing guys in both ODI"s and tests bcos it seems many whites are being developed and given chances on so called "big opponents" to make their debuts and rested or injured in "weak opponents",lets be rainbow in envri way

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