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Wisden Cricinfo staff
March 6, 2004
Super Sixes - 3rd day
Free State 196 and 141 for 6 (Liebenberg 50) beat Border 153 and 183 (Sugden 46) by 4 wickets
After bowling Border out for 183 at Bloemfontein, Free State made heavy work of reaching their modest target, losing six wickets in their quest for 141 and victory. Border had started the third day with a lead of 83, but only four wickets in hand. Craig Sugden contributed a solid 46 in 166 minutes before missing one from Kosie Venter. Dewald Pretorius took 3 for 25. With a day in hand Free State were in no hurry, and took 53 overs to score the runs they needed. Gerhardus Liebenberg top-scored with 50, while Charl Langeveldt, despite suffering from slight concussion after he was hit on the head while batting, ended up with 3 for 28. Five of the six wickets fell to catches by Abongile Sodumo, Border's wicketkeeper.
Griqualand West 185 and 128 for 2 (Gidley 48, Hector 66*) trail Western Province 554 for 2 dec (Puttick 250*, Ferreira 130, Duminy 100*) by 241 runs
Western Province continued to score at will at Newlands, with Andrew Puttick going on to a career-best 250 not out - he hit 36 fours and a six, from 479 balls, in four minutes less than ten hours at the crease - while Lloyd Ferreira and JP Duminy also made centuries. The 19-year-old Duminy oozes with talent, and after only seven first-class games he averages 90, with two hundreds and two half-centuries. His maturity speaks volumes, and a bright international future must be just around the corner. After the declaration at 554 for 2 Griqualand West lost a wicket in the first over, but recovered to 128 for by the close. But the Griquas, still 241 behind, have a lot of hard work ahead of them.
North West 255 and 93 for 6 lead KwaZulu-Natal 227 (HM Amla 46, AM Amla 48, Roe 5-57) by 121 runs
Rain again forced the players off the field early at Durban, after North West had bowled Natal out for 227 to grab a slender 28-run lead. Garth Roe finished with five wickets. then Graham Grace, who made a century in the first innings, was again the thorn in Natal's side, gritting it out to stumps for an unbeaten 30, but by then North West were struggling at 93 for 6, with three of the wickets falling to run-outs. With only four wickets to take, KwaZulu-Natal are slight favourites and may yet emerge from this rain-affected match with a win.
Shield - 2nd day
Easterns 517 for 7 dec (Seymore 102, Koenig 71, Z de Bruyn 84, Cullinan 117) lead Eastern Province 127 for 2 (Bradfield 43*) by 390 runs
Easterns added a further 202 runs to their overnight total at Port Elizabeth, before declaring at 517 for 7. Daryll Cullinan showed that he still has a lot to offer, scoring 117 at nearly a run a ball, with ten fours and five sixes, before the declaration. Brent Kops, on a bowler's nightmare of a pitch, took 3 for 106. Eastern Province, having been batted out of the game, adopted a defensive approach and ended the day on 127 for 2 from 51 overs, with Carl Bradfield (43*) and James Bryant (36*) still there.
Northerns v Gauteng
For the second day running there was no play at Centurion because of rain.
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