UCB Provincial Cup 2004-05 January 8, 2005

Price leads the way for Eastern Province

Griqualand West 319 and 100 for 3 (Brooker 51*) lead Eastern Province 320 (Price 97, Potgieter 70*, Nel 58, Coetzee 4-38, Kruger 3-80) by 99 runs

In Port Elizabeth Eastern Province took a first-innings lead of just one run, thanks to Michael Price, who fell just three short his falling maiden first-class hundred. Ettienne Potgieter had a near-perfect debut as he ended on an undefeated 70, while Ruan Nel scored 58.

Jason Brooker will resume on 51 for Griquas, who lead by 99 runs. The game seems destined for a draw, and only a sporting declaration from Griquas can give this match any hope of a decisive result.

Northerns 240 for 8 dec and 105 for 1 lead Border 235 for 9 dec (Hinkel 78, Bennett 53) by 110 runs

In East London Border recovered well from being 31 for 3 overnight to end just five runs short of the Northerns first-innings total of 240. Warwick Hinkel (78) and Bevan Bennett (53) led the recovery and kept Border in the game.

The Northerns' second innings received the impetus it needed from Maurice Aronstam (37) and Johann Myburgh (46), who will continue the innings on the third and final day.

Gauteng 292 (van Jaarsveld 54, de Bruyn 3-74) lead Easterns 183 for 9 dec and 78 for 2 (Seymore 63) by 31 runs

In Benoni Gauteng took a 109-run first-innings lead over Easterns as Vaughn van Jaarsveld anchored Gauteng with a patient two-hour 54. Pierre de Bruyn mixed his pace well and was the most successful bowler for Easterns, taking 3 for 74.

Andre Seymore, scoring at better than a run a ball, kept Easterns in the game with an aggressive 63 which came off only 58 balls and included 19 boundaries. When stumps were drawn Easterns were still 31 runs behind with eight second-innings wickets in hand.