UCB Provincial Cup round -up October 15, 2005

Joubert rips through North West

At SuperSport Park, Northerns captain Pierre Joubert lead from the front as he took 6 for 39 in nearly single-handedly bowling North West out for 204. Was it not for Goolam Bhayat, batting at No. 11, North West might well have faced a bigger first innings deficit than 60 runs. At stumps on the second day Northerns had moved to 79 for 2, a lead of 139.

In Johannesburg, a last-wicket partnership of 128 between debutante Michael Masinga (48 not out) and Patrick Thompson (66) gave Gauteng a healthy 115 run lead over Easterns. The Easterns second innings started poorly as they ;lost both openers with one run on the board. By the close they had recovered to 126 for 4, with Goolam Bodi not out on 57.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa