SuperSport Series Shield April 3, 2004

Easterns cash in on Gauteng second string

Wisden Cricinfo staff

SuperSport Series Shield

Easterns 405 for 4 dec (P de Bruyn 159, Z de Bruyn 159) lead Gauteng 35 for 1 by 370 runs

At Benoni, controversy greeted Gauteng as they arrived with their second stingers to take on Easterns. Easterns took full advantage of the situation by racing away to 405 for 4 with the two de Bruyn's, Pierre and Zander, sharing a record-partnership of 244 for Easterns and made the bowlers toil in the sun. At close Gauteng had managed 35 for 1 when bad light stopped play.

Eastern Province 432 (Wingfield 146*, Mitchell 92, Bradfield 60) lead Boland 7 for 0 by 425 runs

At Paarl, Eastern Province piled on 432 with Wade Wingfield scoring his maiden first-class hundred and ending on an undefeated 146. He was also involved in a 176-run partnership with Ian Mitchell, who fell eight short of his first hundred. Earlier, Carl Bradfield (60) had stabilised the innings when wickets fell around him.