SuperSport Series 2003-04 October 21, 2003

National discards shine in opening round of matches



Daryll Cullinan scored 161 in his first game as Easterns captain

Daryll Cullinan, the new Easterns captain, made the national selectors sit up and take notice when he became the first local player to score a century in the 2003-04 domestic season.

Elsewhere, the batsmen held the upper hand over the bowlers. Arno Jacobs (Eastern Province), Duncan Brown (KwaZulu-Natal), Stephen Cook (Gauteng) and Adam Bacher (Gauteng) all scored hundreds, while six others made it into the 90's: Benjamin Hector (Griqualand West), Alviro Petersen (Northerns), Martin van Jaarsveld (Northerns), Justin Kreusch (Eastern Province), Sven Koenig (Easterns) and Mark Bruyns (Border).

For the bowlers, Charl Willoughby, Lance Klusener and Nantie Hayward also raised the selectors' eyebrows. Willoughby took 11 for 123, Klusener 9 for 92 and Hayward 7 for 131. However, it will need more than just promising performances to get Klusener and Hayward a recall.

Other bowling performances of note included: Garnett Kruger (Gauteng) 6 for 112, Deon Kruis (Griqualand West) 4 for 17, Charl Pietersen (Griqualand West) 4 for 24, Ethy Mbhalati (Northerns) 4 for 37, Steven Pope (Border) 4 for 45, Monde Zondeki (Border) 4 for 73 and Johan Botha (Eastern Province).

SuperSport Series - Pool A

Griqualand West beat Eastern Province by five wickets
Griqualand West 411 (Hector 98, Bosman 85, Hayward 4-99, Botha 4-85)
Eastern Province 70 (Kruis 4-17, Pietersen 4-24)
Eastern Province 404 (f/o) (Jacobs 102, Bryant 56, Louw 56*, Shahid Afridi 3-78)
Griqualand West 67 for 5 (Hayward 3-32).

KwaZulu-Natal (17.62) beat Boland (5.88) by ten wickets
Boland 244 (Ontong 66, Klusener 5-52)
KwaZulu-Natal 403 (Brown 152*)
Boland 182 (Strydom 78, Klusener 4-40)
KwaZulu-Natal 24 for 0

Easterns drew with Free State
Easterns 498-9 decl. (Koenig 98, de Bruyn 63, Cullinan 161, Hall 70)
Free State 273 (Venter 51, van der Wath 66)
Free State 84 for 2 (f/o)

SuperSport Series - Pool B

Border beat Gauteng by seven wickets
Gauteng 290 (Conrad 60, Zondeki 4 for 73)
Border 380 (Pope 84, Kreusch 91, Gamiet 61, Kruger 6 for 112
Gauteng 309 for 8 decl. (Cook 109, Bacher 138, Pope 4 for 45)
Border 223 for 3 (Bruyns 96)

Northerns drew with Western Province
Northerns 198 (Petersen 95, de Villiers 58, Willoughby 7-56)
Western Province 173 (Mbhalati 4-37)
Northerns 259-7decl. (de Villiers 61, van Jaarsveld 90, Willoughby 4-67)
Western Province 11 for 0.

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