SAA Provincial Challenge January 27, 2006

William Motaung helps Gauteng prosper

Gauteng prospered against Free State while heavy rain fell in Johannesburg and Durban and prevented play from getting under way in the other two SAA Provincial Challenge matches. A the Wanderers Gauteng scored 316 for 4 in the 70 overs of play that were possible. Having been put in by Free State, Gauteng made the most of the fair-weather conditions with William Motaung scoring 101, Diaan van Wyk not out on 76 and Douglas Gain adding 71 not out. At the close the two had put on 127 for the fifth wicket.

The game in Benoni has every chance of getting underway on day two, while the chances of any play in Durban looks very slim. Rain is predicted for the second day and with the outfield waterlogged day the third day may also be washed out.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa