SuperSport Series, 2004-05 October 21, 2004

Steyn shines amid rain and gloom

Warriors 156 for 8 (Steyn 4-23) v Titans

After losing the first session to rain the Titans, who had won the toss, put the Warriors under pressure in East London as they took three wickets for six runs inside the first four overs. Dale Steyn and Ethy Mbhalati, relative newcomers to the first-class arena, caused the early damage. Arno Jacobs and Mark Boucher restored the innings with a stand of 55 before Boucher was trapped leg-before for 23. Steyn went on to capture four wickets, already a career best for him, as the Warriors limped to 156 for 8 when bad light stopped play. Tyron Henderson reached 33 and was still at the crease at the close.

Western Province Boland 127 for 5 v Eagles

Rain also delayed the start of the Western Province Boland match against Eagles in Cape Town. Play only got underway at 1400. The Eagles drew first blood after they won the toss and reduced WPBOL to 22 for 3, as Deon Kruis and Cliff Deacon used the conditions well. Deacon, a late replacement for Johan van der Wath, took the prize wicket of Jacques Kallis for 8. Wickets continued to fall and at 60 for 5, WPBOL were in serious trouble, but Con de Lange (30*) and Thami Tsolekile (31*) saw them through to 127 and early stumps, brought on by bad light.

Lions 144 for 3 (McKenzie 55*) v Dolphins

In Durban, the Dolphins and the Lions avoided the rain in their top-of-the-table clash - but they were scuppered instead by bad light. The Dolphins, having chosen to field, struck early before Neil McKenzie and Hylton Ackerman cemented themselves into the crease. McKenzie had just made a painstaking fifty from 152 balls when the light deteriorated enough for the umpires to take the players off the field. Only 144 runs had been scored in 77 overs.