Western Province fall short of outright opening win
Western Province just missed out on an outright victory over their neighbours Boland on the first day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Durban. Western Province restricted Boland to a mere 46 in their first innings with Dayyaan Galiem (4/13) and Jay Stevens (2/13) causing most of the damage with the ball in hand.
Western Province declared their first innings at 125/6 with their captain Zubayr Hamza (35) the main contributor. Stevens grabbed two wickets for only six runs in Boland’s second innings. Boland was struggling at 14/3 with Western Province needing only two wickets more to secure an outright victory when play was stopped due to bad light.
Easterns and Namibia however managed to secure outright victories. Easterns’ victory came in their match against Limpopo with Lance Humprey (5/24) being the hero with his five-wicket haul. Humprey’s figures were the best of the opening day. The spin bowler was the main reason Limpopo was restricted to only 76 in their first innings. They also only managed 63/5 in their second innings.
Another two bowlers Tim Niemand (Border) and Sohail Mahmood (KwaZulu-Natal Inland) managed five-wicket hauls. The legbreak bowler, Mahmood grabbed five wickets to the cost of 64 runs, but it didn’t prevent his side from losing their match against Gauteng on the first innings. KwaZulu-Natal Inland managed only 61 runs as Nicholas Scholtz (3/7) and Kagiso Rabada (3/14) troubled the batsmen.
Niemand’s five wickets for 50 runs against Northerns completed the major milestones on the first day. Leus du Plooy (43) and Rivaldo Moonsamy (40) helped Northerns to reach 194 before being bowled out.
Namibia’s outright victory came against Griqualand West. The latter was restricted to 63 and 48/5 in their two innings. JJ Smit (4/12) was the main destroyer in Griquas’ first innings.
The best performance by a batsman belonged to Christopher Marrow (86*) for South Western Districts against Mpumalanga.
Summarised Scorecards (Time Cricket):
Boland first innings 46 (Marcke Cilliers 25*; Dayyaan Galiem 4/13, Jay Stevens 3/2, Gregory Olivier 2/13); Western Province first innings 125/6 decl. (Zubayr Hamza 35; Taigh Schoor 2/27); Boland second innings 14/3 (Jay Stevens 2/6). Western Province won on first innings.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland first innings 61 (Extras 13, Nicholas Scholtz 3/7, Kagiso Rabada 3/14, Keith Dudgeon 2/11); Gauteng first innings 172/9 decl. (Marcus Ackerman 51*, Grant Roelofsen 40; Sohail Mahmoud 5/64). KwaZulu-Natal Inland second innings 17/1. Gauteng won on first innings.
Limpopo first innings 76 (Extras 18, Lance Humprey 5/24, Jurie Snyman 2/9); Easterns first innings 119/8 decl. (Reder van Rooyen 31, Jurie Snyman 28; Asad Patel 3/20, Johan Louw 2/2); Limpopo second innings 63/5 (Tumi Mangena 25*); Easterns second innings 21/1. Easterns won outright.
North West first innings 138 (Michael Eckard 54*, AJ van Wyk 3/26, Paballo 3/26); Free State first innings 120/6 (Michael Stannard 55, Paballo Mokgwera 28*; Driaan Weyers 4/27). Match Drawn.
Mpumalanga first innings 205 (Daniël Griesel 48, Extras 40, Matthew Nepgen 36; Arno Moolman 3/34, Lance Roelfse 3/39); South Western Districts first innings 139/4 (Christopher Marrow 86*; Simon Geldenhuys 2/24). Match Drawn.
Northerns first innings 194 (Leus du Plooy 43, Rivaldo Moonsamy 40; Tim Niemand 5/50); Border first innings 107/6 (Aubrey Ferreira 54, Morgan Steyn 24*; Arno Spykstra 3/23). Match Drawn.
KwaZulu-Natal first innings 157 (Jason Oakes 41; Bradley Bopp 4/34, Grant Stretton 3/20); Eastern Province first innings 153/5 (Mbulelo Mama 49, Lyle Peterson 33*; Ainsley Ndlovu 2/27). Match Drawn.
Namibia first innings 136 (Malan Kruger 36, Gerhard Erasmus 32; Aidon Brooker 4/21); Griqualand West first innings 63 (GM Bruwer 26; JJ Smit 3/12, Michau du Preez 2/9); Namibia second innings 73/2 decl. (Joshuan Julies 31*); Griqualand West second innings 48/5 (Bredell Wessels 2/8). Namiba won outright.