SAA Provincial Challenge

Border power to impressive win

Keith Lane

January 21, 2006

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At East London, Border pulled off a convincing 188-run win over neighbours Eastern Province after an impressive career-best 4 for 68 from Mario Olivier. Set a target of 351, Eastern Province were always under pressure after losing early wickets to Olivier and Lucky Pangabantu, whose 3 for 24 was also a career best. The debutant Sean Adair struck a solid 44 but it was not enough to keep Eastern Province in the game as they collapsed to 162 all out.

Griqualand West also recorded a convincing win over Easterns at Kimberley running away with a 114-run win. Easterns always had their backs to the wall with a target of 439 facing them in the final innings. Starting the last day on 223 for 3, Jaco Booysen (84) and Geoffrey Toyana (28) put on 71 for the fourth wicket to keep Easterns in the hunt. But a collapse by the tail, instigated by a career-best 6 for 73 from left hander Ruan Pietersen, ended the resistance as Easterns were bowled out for 324.

Northerns proved to be too strong for North West as they completed a nine-wicket win at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom. North West could only muster 145 in their second innings to set Northerns a simple target of 81. Neil Wagner added to his 4 for 39 in the first innings by taking 4 for 54 as he and Pierre Joubert (4 for 22) bowled the heart out of North West. A 48 not out from Alviro Petersen was enough to see Northerns home.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa

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