South African domestic season resumes
South African domestic first-class cricket resumed with the 2003-04 SuperSport Super Sixes series kicking off in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban.
Day one reports
Griqualand West 129 for 4 (Bosman 34) v Western
Despite asking Griqualand West to bat first under overcast skies at Newlands, Western Province could not fully exploit the overhead conditions. The threat of rain caused hold-ups throughout the day and when rain chased the players off for an early tea, Griquas had progressed to 129 for 4. Wendell Bossenger was not out on 25 after Loots Bosman had scored 34. No further play was possible after tea.
Border 153 (Gamiet 45*, van der Wath 4-24) v Free State 122 for 4 (Liebenberg 35, Venter 28*)
After winning the toss and batting, Border never made headway as the pace attack of Free State fired on all cylinders. Four wickets from Johannes van der Wath and two each for Allan Donald, Dewald Pretorius and Victor Mpitsang had Border all out for 153. Laden Gamiet, scoring an undefeated 45, was the only Border batsman able to withstand the heat.
Bad light brought about an early end with Free State in command at 122 for 4. Gerhardus Liebenberg (35) and Kosie Venter (28 not out) were the main contributors.
North West 255 (Grace 102, Bailey 47, Tweedie 3-76) v KwaZulu-Natal 10 for 0
KwaZulu-Natal sent North West in to bat on a lively pitch, and soon reaped the benefits of some good bowling. An 81-run fifth wicket partnership restored some equilibrium but when Ryan Bailey fell for 47 it was left to Graham Grace, with a determined 102, his first SuperSport hundred, to get the Dragons to a respectable score of 255. Ros Veenstra and Nixon McLean took two wickets each while Andrew Tweedie bagged three. North West managed to get three overs in before stumps was called with Natal 3 for 0.