Western Province continue their dominance
Western Province overpowered Eastern Province in the Bay while Justin Kemp's maiden Standard Bank Cup hundred could not have come at a better time, as he smashed Northerns to an exciting win in Centurion. Gauteng completed the weekend fixtures with a convincing win over Griqualand West.
Western Province 194 for 3 (Gibbs 47, Smith 51) beat Eastern
Province 193 for 8 (Wingfield 39, Mitchell 39, de Stadler 4-35, Kallis
3-42) by 7 wickets.
Eastern Province fought hard to score 193 for 8, but it was the young swing bowler, Mark de Stadler, with a career best 4 for 35, and Jacques Kallis, taking 3 for 42, who walked away with the laurels.
Once again the top-heavy Western Province batting made easy pickings of the bowling. Graeme Smith scored 51, Herschelle Gibbs hit 47 and Kallis made 30 not out as the tournament leaders won comfortably in 32 overs.
Gauteng 168 for 1 (Bacher 67, Cook 62*) beat North West 166 for 7 (Grace 50, Bailey 53, Terbrugge 3-20) by 9 wickets.
After winning the toss and batting, North West could not have wished for a worse start: 15 for 4 in the ninth over. David Terbrugge, back in the Gauteng side, took 3 for 6 in his first five overs. Graham Grace and Ryan Bailey fashioned a revival with a half-century apiece, and North West finished on 166 for 7.
Gauteng made the best possible start to their innings with Adam Bacher (67) and Stephen Cook (62 not out) creating the ideal platform for what turned out to be a nine-wicket win. The only hiccup in the Gauteng innings was a 30-minute rain interruption.
Northerns 225 for 8 (Kemp 107*, McKenzie 61, Abrahim 3-36) beat
Griqualand West 221 for 9 (Bosman 58, Gidley 47 Bossenger 33*) by 2 wickets.
Griqualand West made things difficult for Northerns, scoring 221 for 9, with Loots Bosman (58), Martin Gidley (47), Wendell Bossenger (33) and Jason Brooker (27) being the major contributors.
A magnificent hundred from Justin Kemp, in 70 balls, with six fours and seven sixes, took Northerns to an exciting two-wicket win with two balls to spare. Northerns had earlier lost two wickets in the first two overs but Neil McKenzie (61) and Kemp got the innings back on track before Kemp unleashed his onslaught.