Western Province v Northerns, SAA Provincial Challenge final, 4th day

Joubert fires Northerns to Provincial Challenge title

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Northerns 267 and 333 for 6 declared (van Wyk 104) beat Western Province 317 (Canning 68, Aronstam 3-82) and 183 (Canning 56, Joubert 3-10) by 100 runs
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Superb bowling from Pierre Joubert and Mandla Mashimbyi led Northerns to the SAA Provincial Challenge title after defeating Western Province by the convincing margin of 100 runs. Chasing 284, Western Province slumped to 184 all out .

Needing quick runs in the morning, Kruger van Wyk set about with purpose for Northerns and reached his hundred from 169 balls. However, it was Gerald Dros who gave the innings much-needed momentum with a quick-fire fifty from 38 balls, with five sixes and a four.

This left Province a tricky total of 284 from 81 overs, yet they got off to the worst possible start when Alistair Gray fell to the second ball of the innings. With Mashimbyi and Francis Nkuna picking up two wickets each, leaving Province wobbling on 26 for 4, the impetus was with the Northerns bowlers.

Only Ryan Canning delayed the inevitable with a brisk and aggressive half-century, but even his bold effort was in vain as Northerns' bowlers wrapped up the game and the title in the 45th over. Joubert finished with the impressive figures of 3 for 10 from nine overs.