UCB Provincial Shield round-up October 16, 2005

Western Province beat Natal in a 2-run thriller

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Western Province 265 for 6 (Munnik 109, Williamson 94) beat Easterns 263 (Smit 73, Becker 66* ) by 2 runs

Western Province prevailed over KwaZulu-Natal by just two runs in a thriller at the Chatsworth Stadium. Chasing 266 to win, Natal despite an enterprising 60-ball 73 from the opener Kyle Smit, were at doldrums at 158 for 7. M Becker (66 not out) and Robert Frylinck (47) then, shared a crucial 90-run partnership for the eighth wicket to take them close when Frylinck fell to de Stadler when they needed 18 off 18 balls. Stadler took one more wicket and Friend bowled out Lucky Dladla off the last ball to take Western Province home. Batting first, Western Province, led by a dashing century by Renier Munnik and a fine 94 by the opener M Williamson, piled up 265.

North West 184 (43.2 overs, Moleon 32, de Bruyn 2-24) lost to Northerns 185 for 4 (35 overs, Aronstam 48, du Plessis 43) by 6 wickets

Northerns convincingly beat North West by six wickets as they chased down a target of 185 in 35 overs, winning with 10 overs to spare. The North West innings never gained any momentum as they were dismissed in the 43rd over. Eugene Moleon top-scored with 32. In comparison, the Northerns batsmen maintained the required run-rate and easily gained the bonus point. Maurice Aronstam top-scored for Northerns with 48, while the bowling honours were shared: no bowler was able to take more than two wickets in either innings.

Gauteng 192 for 3 (43 overs, Gain 81*) beat Easterns 189 (42.1 overs, Seymore 54, Burger 5 wickets) by 7 wickets

Powered by Douglas Gain's unbeaten 81, Gauteng scored a comprehensive victory over Easterns as they chased down a target of 190 with the loss of only three wickets at Orban Park in Johannesburg. Gain added 120 for the third wicket with Brendon Adams (48) to enable a comfortable win. Earlier, Shane Burger, the left-arm medium-pacer, grabbed five wickets to bowl out Easterns for 189. Andre Seymore top-scored with 54 before Burger bowled him out and it would have been even worse for Easterns but for the tail-end batsmen who added 52 for the last two wickets.