Rudolph sparkles for the Eagles
Jacques Rudolph answered the selectors with the best way possible scoring 133 out of a total of 329 for 5 as the Eagles took advantage of the Warriors decision to field first at St George's Park. Rudolph dominated two partnerships of 86, with Benjamin Hector (36), and 139 with Davey Jacobs (59). His innings included 19 sparkling boundaries. At the close Morne van Wyk was not out on 45.
At the Wanderers, the Lions decision to bat first against the Cape Cobras nearly backfired. An innings of 92 from opener Stephen Cook restored some respectability to the Lions total of 247 for 8 when the day's play closed early. Alan Dawson was the bowler responsible for the early wickets as he finished the day with 3 for 36 from a long spell of 22 overs.
In Durban the usual bad light put paid to proceedings early as the Titans struggled to 195 for 5 against the Dolphins when play was called off with 28 overs still to be bowled. Lance Klusener had struck early, taking three of the first four wickets to fall, leaving the Titans on 66 for 4 after 17 overs. The two de Bruyn's, Zander with 48, and Pierre with 52 not out recovered the innings with a 72 run partnership. The rebuilding continued with Kruger van Wyk not out on 33.