SAA Provincial Challenge

Griquas in command as Easterns collapse

Keith Lane

January 19, 2006

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At Kimberley Griqualand West took a 173-run lead into day two after first scoring 242 for 9 dec, before bowling Easterns out for 118. At the close Griquas had taken their second innings score to 49 for 2 to finish the day in a healthy position. Batting first it was Alan Doherty who lead the way scoring 92, after Griquas had struggled to 76 for 5 with David Wiese (4 for 61) and R Mutch (4 for 57), on debut, putting Easterns in a good position. The advantage was squandered as Griquas retaliated with 4 for 48 from Jandre Coetzee as the Easterns batting collapsed.

At East London, Border made the most of a excellent batting surface to reach 352 for 5 declared, thanks to a 102 from Steven Pope and a 92 from Bevan Bennett, who sacrificed his wicket for the extra bonus points. Eastern Province made a solid start to end on 59 without loss off the final 10 overs of the day.

An impressive 72 from Jimmy Kgamadi allowed North West to take a slight advantage into the second day, at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom, against Northerns. Sent in to bat, North West declared their innings closed at 186 for 9 after Neil Wagner, on debut, took 4 for 39 for Northerns. In reply they struggled to 95 for 5 at the close with Heino Kuhn scoring 48 and James Mokonyama making 34.

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