Makhaya on fire for Kent

2010-05-25 19:53

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Veteran Proteas paceman Makhaya Ntini, with a 10-wicket match haul, was the architect of a two-day County Championship demolition job by Kent on title-holders Durham.

The supposedly four-day encounter ended on Tuesday with Kent triumphing by an innings and four runs, Ntini grabbing six wickets in the home side’s second innings at Chester-le-Street.

The popular Warriors player, who turns 33 in early July, boasted figures of 17.3-3-51-6 as Durham followed up their meek first knock of 121 with a barely improved 195 the second time around.

Their shell-shocked line-up included international players in Ntini’s compatriot Dale Benkenstein, England bowlers Liam Plunkett and Steve Harmison and former Australian one-day international batsman Michael Di Venuto.

Rampant Ntini had earned first-innings figures of four for 53, giving him a match analysis of 10 for 104.

It is the fifth time in first-class cricket that Ntini has achieved this feat.


  • gillian - 2010-05-25 20:03

    WELL DONE!!!!!

  • Tshepo - 2010-05-25 20:10

    You still got it Mdingi Express!!!

  • Matsemele - 2010-05-25 20:26

    You go boy. You are stil the best!

  • Gen30 - 2010-05-25 20:38

    Well done, Ntini, we miss you!!!!

  • MOVIE JANSEN - 2010-05-25 21:43

    For me u r still our best,we miss u

  • Steve - 2010-05-25 22:14

    Hey Makky, Bru, great stuff man!!! I told you woman weren't the only measure of age! Hope to see you soon for a couple of cold ones and South African beef on the fire! Take care buddy!

  • Georgy Porgy - 2010-05-25 22:20

    Well done Makhaya it shows that we need him and his experience in the national team to guide our crumbling Proteas bowlers to the right direction

  • dp - 2010-05-25 22:41

    Kickass performance .... go go go ! well done and keep at it

  • Makhaya - 2010-05-25 22:54

    MAKHAYA MAKHAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! make us proud mfana waseNdingi!!!! halaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • Bemused - 2010-05-26 02:23

    Ntini kicking butt in county cricket is hardly surprising - county cricket is well below the standard of domestic cricket in SA, Australia and probably India. Good to see Ntini doing well but it is hardly the basis for a recall to the national side. Eighteen county sides are unable to produce 11 Englishman to represent their country with the English selectors resorting to Irishmen and disgruntled Saffers - what does that tell you about the competition.

  • Steadfast - 2010-05-26 05:19

    What do these English county sides have that we dont. Ntini could not make the grade in our domestic season. Here is the old workhorse doing what he knows best, taking wickets. Good for you Ntini, in the twilight of your career have fun and make some serious tom at same time.

  • REALITY - 2010-05-26 07:14

    Strange how Macky is not good enough for the Proteas especially compared to the current average performance of our bowlers

  • @REALITY - 2010-05-26 09:05

    Get back to reality, REALITY. He is not bowling to world class international cricketers, its a domestic competition like any other in SA. The international cricketers playing there is either retired from international cricket or dropped from their national sides.

  • Mr Plomb - 2010-05-26 09:55

    @Steadfast. MONEY (Pounds); Safety (little bad crime) and No Opposition (county cricket as good as our club cricket). Not knocking Mac - get it while you can. But you know SA is home, irrespective of the faults.

  • REALITY - 2010-05-26 09:57

    @ "@Reality".....Cum on....plain and simple he is not white or else he would of been given another chance.. The same applied to Amla in the ODI set up a few months ago....there was always excuses about him not performing.. I wonder what they will come up with now to get him excluded from the side....

  • @Reality - 2010-05-26 10:23

    Get real, he is WAY past his best. Was great no doubt but time to bow out gracefully. Lenwoba needs his chance now.

  • @REALITY - 2010-05-26 10:47

    You are definitely only obsessed with transformation and don't know anything about cricket. Tshosobe is black and is playing. Amla DID struggle in the beginning but now he is in the form of his life, thus deserves his place. NTINI was the only bowler that did not perform at all in the last series in England under conditions that suits fast bowling. Accept it his time for SA is over. Read bemused's comment as well.

  • REALITY - 2010-05-26 14:09

    Its still a race issue....Tsotsobe is not ready for international cricket as yet. They just using him to show that blacks are not good enough instead of playing Macky. Your comment on Amla is what I was expecting from you. The MEDIA and your type made it such that Amla was struggling when he started his international career.....How many chances was AB given when he failed miserably??? BTW, I was refering to a few months ago and not when Amla started his international career...the occasion when he was not selected in the ODI squad to India.. We all know what happened in that tour, after he was given a chance ONLY after Smithy injured himself.

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