SSS: Border v Easterns at East London, Day One

Telford Vice

October 14, 1999

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Wayne Wiblin's 80 in four hours off 207 balls and including 10 fours was perhaps not the most attacking innings from a batsman who likes nothing better than lashing leather with willow. But it was a vital intervention in an innings that was on the skids at 70-3.

Not that Easterns did not deserve their advantage. Andre Nel's first eight overs cost as many runs and he had Botha caught behind into the bargain, while Phil Simmons used his experience in posting a first spell of 2-13 off eight.

The rot stopped with Wiblin and Mark Boucher, who shared 84 runs in their defiant fourth-wicket partnership before left-arm spinner Ant Botha sent Boucher packing. He was replaced by a batsman of equally impressive backbone, Border captain Pieter Strydom, and Border's rehabilitation was completed with a fifth-wicket stand of 78.

Wiblin eventually tossed away his opportunity to score what would have been his sixth first-class century with a ragged drive which saw him caught behind, but his job was done.

Strydom, dropped on 11 at mid-wicket by Aldo van den Berg off Botha, is still there on 65 with the precocious talent of Laden Gamiet, who is six not out, at the other end.

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Telford Vice Telford Vice, crash-boom-out left-hand bat, sort-of legspinner, was never sure whether he was a cricket person. He thought he might be when he sidestepped a broken laptop and an utter dearth of experience to cover South Africa's first Test match in 22 years in Barbados in 1992. When he managed to complete Peter Kirsten's biography as well as retain what he calls his sanity, he pondered the question again. Similarly, when he made it through the 2007 World Cup - all of it, including the warm-up matches - his case for belonging to cricket's family felt stronger. But it was only when the World Twenty20 exploded gloriously into his life in 2007 that he knew he actually wanted to be a cricket person. Sort of ...
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