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March 9, 2006
North West held on to the chance of a place in the SAA Provincial Challenge final as they restricted Gauteng to 197 for 9 at Potchefstroom and then put on 101 for 5 when play ended on day one. Gauteng, who won the toss, started promisingly with Enoch Nkwe scoring 50 and William Motaung making 41. Dumisa Makalima (32) helped build their total before they collapsed from 162 for 4 to the declaration at 197 for 9. Richard Stroh (4 for 24) and Jaco Campher (3 for 54) were mainly responsible for the Gauteng wickets. Jimmy Kgamadi (46) and Mohammad Akoojee gave North West the start they wanted but 3 for 35 from Johnson Mafa reduced them to 101 for 5 at the close.
At Port Elizabeth the match between Eastern Province and Boland is evenly poised after Boland reached 288 and Eastern Province replied with 55 for 1. Having been sent in to bat, Boland recovered well with a 147-run third-wicket partnership between Warren Swan (74) and Henry Davids (69). Three late wickets from Colin Ingram, who ended with career best figures of 4 for 16, ended the Boland innings on 288.
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After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways
For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset
Sri Lanka's marks out of 10 following their 2-0 series win against Pakistan
Former players react to India's humiliating 1-3 series defeat in England
Why does the man who is possibly England's greatest fast bowler occasionally turn into Mr Hyde on the field?
With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests