SuperSport Series 2004-05 - Round six matches January 7, 2005

Klusener among the wickets

Mark Boucher steps out for the Warriors © Cricinfo

Eagles 541 for 9 dec (Jacobs 216, Bailey 148, van Wyk 66, Deacon 54*, Klusener 6-122) lead Dolphins 102 for 2 by 439 runs

Lance Klusener reduced the Dolphins' pain at Bloemfontein with a return of 6 for 122 before the Eagles eventually declared at 541 for 9. The Eagles' record 361-run third-wicket partnership was broken in the first over of the day, when Ryan Bailey was caught behind for a career-best 148. Davey Jacobs followed soon afterwards for his own highest score, 218, made in seven-and-a-half hours. Morne van Wyk, with 66, and Cliff Deacon, 54, helped push the Eagles past 500 before the declaration came. The pitch remained easy to bat on, and the Dolphins opened with a 71-run partnership between Doug Watson and Imraan Khan before Watson played around the legspin of Jacob Malao to be bowled for 26. Khan followed for a well-played 67, before he was caught off Deacon. At stumps the Dolphins had moved to 175 for 2, with Wade Wingfield on 55 and Ashraf Mall 21.

Warriors 278 (Bruyns 54, Nel 4-56, Harris 3-64) lead Titans 267 for 5 (de Bruyn 95, Hayward 3-39) by 11 runs

For the second time in two days the weather at Centurion brought an early end to proceedings, with the Titans only 11 runs behind on first innings. The Warriors had capitulated at the start of the second day, losing five wickets for the addition of only 46 runs as Andre Nel ran through the tail in taking 4 for 56. The Titans' reply started weakly, and they were 34 for 2 at one stage. But Martin van Jaarsveld and Zander de Bruyn revived the innings and took the score to 121 before van Jaarsveld was caught behind. Nantie Hayward then slid through the defences of de Bruyn, who had looked set for a hundred, only to see his stumps demolished five short. Justin Kemp made 39 before he gave Hayward his third wicket, and it was left to Geoffrey Toyana and Albie Morkel to see out the day. Bad light brought an early finish with the Titans in a good position at 267 for 5.

Lions 362 (Ackerman 180, Nkwe 76, Friend 6-114) lead Western Province Boland 127 for 2 (Bassage 61) by 235 runs

At Paarl rain and a wet outfield delayed the start until after lunch. When play did get under way, the Lions batted on to end with 362. HD Ackerman was eventually out for an excellent 180. With 32 overs lost because of the delay Western Province Boland started cautiously, but any worries were unfounded - the new opening pair of Derrin Bassage and Gerhard Strydom put on 105. A double blow from Derek Crookes had both of them out - Bassage edged a sweep on 61 and Strydom cut straight to point for 43. When stumps were drawn Western Province Boland had moved to 127 for 2. An early start is scheduled for tomorrow.