Standard Bank Cup 2004-05 December 20, 2004

Eagles finish top with win over WP Boland

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Eagles 169 for 3 (Beukus 78) beat Western Province Boland 168 for 9 (Bassage 74) by 7 wickets

At Boland Park in Paarl, the Eagles ensured that they ended on the top of the Standard Bank Cup table with a convincing 7-wicket win over wooden spoonists Western Province Boland.

With only pride left to play for, Western Province Boland were asked to bat first on a pitch that showed tinges of green. Using the conditions to their advantage, the Eagles captured three early cheap wickets with only Derrin Bassage, playing his first game of the season, scoring a patient 74. A 84-run partnership between Bassage and Ashwell Prince (33) restored some respectability to the total, but with overs running out Western Province Boland could only muster 168 for 9. Cliff Deacon, the pick of the Eagles bowlers with a nine over spell of 2-16, was named Man of the Match.

With the breeze and warm weather helping to make the pitch play a bit easier, the Eagles paced their innings well and had little difficulty in reaching the target of 169 in 43.1 overs. Morne van Wyk (26) and Jonathan Beukus (78) again laid the foundation with a 63-run opening partnership. A further 36 from Benjamin Hector had them well in sight of victory, leaving it to Davy Jacobs and Johannes van der Wath to see them through.