UCB Shield, 2004-05 October 23, 2004

Hinkel skittles out Free State

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Pool A: Border 278 for 8 dec and 240 for 7 (Bradfield 52, Smith 70, Tshbalala 3-46) lead Free State 138 (Hinkel 4-25) by 380 runs

Free State were bowled out for 138 by Border after Warwick Hinkel took 4 for 25 and engineered a collapse. Two scores in the thirties from Corne Linde and Christo Feris saved the Free State team from total embarrassment.

Batting for a second time Border raced to 240 for 7 at the close with Carl Bradfield (52) and Michael Smith (70) setting a 123-run platform for the rest to launch from. Michael Matika, the hero of the first innings was still at the crease on 49 when time was called. As in the first innings Thandi Tshabalala was the main wicket taker with 3 for 46.

Pool B: Eastern Province 178 and 150 for 3 (Homani 72*) lead Western Province 228 (Canning 51, Behardien 60, Meyer 4-52) by 100 runs

Eastern Province came back strongly in Port Elizabeth as they took a 100-run lead over Western Province with Bob Homani scoring an undefeated 72 in the second innings. Earlier Western Province had been bowled out for 228 with Ryan Canning and Farhaan Behardien both scoring fifties. Lyall Meyer took 4 for 52, and helped keep the Western province lead to 50 in the first innings.

Pool B: Griqualand West 414 for 5 dec (Brooker 115, McLaren 69, Bossenger 88*) and 81 for 1 lead North West 350 for 8 dec (Khan 78, le Roux 58, Coetsee 65, Arthur 3-104) by 145 runs

Griqualand West continued on their merry way scoring a massive 414 for 5 when the declaration came after 85 overs in Potchefstroom. Wendell Bossenger took his score from 64 to 88 to maximise the bonus points on offer. North West emphasized what a good batting pitch Sedgars Park had produced by also participating in the run-fest in totalling 350 for 8 in the 85 overs. Alarm bells rang at the start of the innings, when they lost two wickets, but soon Imraan Khan (78), Werner Coetsee (65) restored order. Juan le Roux (58) made sure that North West finished only 61 runs behind on the first innings.

In a bid to make a game of it Griquas raced to 81 for 1 off 18 overs to extend the lead to 145 runs when bad light once again stopped play.