SAA Provincial Challenge, Round 16, 3rd day March 11, 2006

Western Province win Pool B

A drawn match in Port Elizabeth between Eastern Province and Boland allowed Western Province to comfortably win Pool B of the competition. Boland started the day on 99 for 4 and extended that to 373 for 6 thanks to a career-best 158 from Henry Davids and a maiden first-class hundred from Wallace Albertyn. With no time available for Eastern Province to chase the 326-run target, the game fizzled into a draw with the home team finishing on 105 for 4 with Umar Abrahams not out on 51.

On the final day at Potchefstroom, North West drew with Northerns to end their hopes of reaching the Provincial Challenge final next week. Having taken a first innings lead of 55, the North West's hopes were dashed as the Gauteng opening pair of William Motaung and Jean Symes both recorded hundreds. Motaung, who had to retire ill on 77 returned to the crease at the fall of the fourth wicket to complete his hundred while Symes scored 133, his maiden first-class century. Totalling 476 in their second innings Gauteng had all but closed the game up and North West had to settle for the draw scoring 33 for 2 when the match was called off.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa