Standard Bank Cup November 22, 2003

Afridi powers Griqualand West to victory

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Gauteng 241 for 6 (Cook 102, Ackerman 84*) beat Boland 157 by 84 runs

Gauteng's Stephen Cook started the Standard Bank Cup, the premier South African domestic one-day competition, where he left off in the first-class format, scoring a century and taking his team to a rare victory over Boland.

Batting first, Gauteng scored 241 for 6 in 45 overs. A 142-run partnership between Cook and the Hylton Ackerman ensured that Gauteng scored a total that was out of reach for Boland, who were bowled out for 157 with Adam Bacher taking 3 for 34.

Western Province 222 for 4 (Smith 67, Gibbs 59) beat Border 218 (Boucher 70) by 6 wickets

Western Province scored a convincing six-wicket win over Border, chasing down a target of 219 comfortably. A 130-run opening partnership between Graeme Smith (67) and Herschelle Gibbs (59) allowed Western Province to coast to victory, after Mark Boucher had made 70 to take Border to a competitive total.

Easterns 192 for 7 (Hall 68) beat Free State 202 for 8 (McLaren 55) by 3 wickets (D-L method)

Easterns beat Free State by three wickets with three balls to spare in a match which was reduced to 38 overs per side due to rain. Batting first, Free State scored 202 for 8, with Ryan McLaren scoring 55. Further rain resulted in an adjusted target of 192 from 34 overs, and thanks to a 71-ball 68 from Andrew Hall, Easterns found themselves on the winning end of the Duckworth Lewis calculations.

Griqualand West 207 for 8 (Afridi 91, Smith 53) beat KwaZulu-Natal 174 by 33 runs

At Kimberley, Griqualand West surprised KwaZulu-Natal with a 33-run win. After rain had reduced the contest to 42 overs per side, Griquland West set a target of 208, thanks to Shahid Afridi, who ran amok scoring 91 off 63 balls including ten fours and four sixes. He was assisted by Greg Smith, who made 53, while Shaun Pollock took 3 for 20 for Griqualand. In replry, Natal were bowled out for 174, with Zahir Abrahim taking 3 for 25.

The next round of matches will be played on Sunday, November 23.