Griqualand win battle of the pace-setters
Griqualand West won a tense top-of-the-table clash over Northerns in Pool A by just two wickets at Kimberley. Nineteen-year-old Donovan Donaldson and Nathan Arthur shared four wickets apiece for Griqualand as they ran through Northerns after winning the toss, dismissing them for 135. Griqualand didn't fare much better in reply, and will be grateful to a patient 41 from J Coetzee that pushed them towards the winning line.
Boland picked up their third win in three with a five wicket win over Western Province at Paarl in Pool B. Paceman Bardo Fransman picked up his best one-day figures of 6 for 40 to restrict WP to 200. Bolands had looked in complete control until their top scorer C Prinsloo was out for 88 with just eight runs from five overs needed for victory. They eventually scrambled home with just two balls to spare.
Border and Zimbabwe Under-23s were denied the opportunity to fight for their first victories in Pool B after heavy rain prevented any play.
Only five balls were possible at Port Elizabeth for the clash between Easten Province and KwaZalu Natal as rain brought a halt to proeedings in Pool B.