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December 4, 2003
Northerns 228 for 4 (van Jaarsveld 77, McKenzie 73*) beat
Boland 226 for 9 (Euley 88, Kemp 4-37, Thomas 3-32) by 5
Martin van Jaarsveld (77) and Neil McKenzie (73*) added 107 for the third wicket, taking Northerns to an easy six-wicket win against Boland. They overhauled the target of 227 in just 43.2 overs.
Earlier, Boland had been saved from humiliation when Wesley Euley, playing his first Standard Bank Cup innings, scored 88 at nearly a run a ball, batting aggressively against Justin Kemp in particular. Kemp returned figures of 4 for 37, and 27 of those runs were off Euley's bat. Euley's 94-run fourth-wicket partnership with Gerhard Strydom ensured that Boland ended on 226 for 9. Alfonso Thomas took 3 for 32.
Border 188 (Sugden 42*, Boucher 41, Louw 5-27) beat Eastern
Province 116 for 8 (Langeveldt 3-21) by 11 runs (D/L Method).
An undefeated 42 from Craig Sugden and 41 from Mark Boucher could not save Border from being bowled out, inside the allotted 45 overs, for 188. Johann Louw, playing for Eastern Province after moving from Griqualand West at the begining of the season, returned career-best figures of 5 for 27.
A 150-minute rain delay, after the supper break, had the slide rule out, and Eastern Province was set a Duckworth-Lewis target of 128 off 24 overs. For the second time this series Border had been caught on the wrong end of the weather but they turned it around with some good attacking bowling, especially from Charl Langeveldt, who took 3 for 21.
Continuous pressure on the batsmen resulted in chances being taken and wickets being lost at crucial periods, and Border walk away victors in an exciting finish.