December 8, 2000

Williams shows his value for Boland against Griquas


The rain that destroyed a day's play of the third Test between South Africa and New Zealand in Johannesburg was in no mood to allow much more action at the Supersport Series game between Griqualand West and Boland.

When play was brought to a premature close by the second thunderstorm of the day after just 35.3 overs, Griquas, having been put into bat by visiting captain Louis Koen, had moved to an extremely modest 111 for seven.

Once again, international outcast Henry Williams proved that he is still a talent to be reckoned with. After a five-wicket haul in his last Supersport Series outing against Northerns in a losing cause at Centurion, he has already added another four scalps to his season's haul, ably backed by Charl Langevelt - the right-arm seamer chiming in with two cheap wickets.

Only Loots Bosman mounted anything approaching genuine resistance, and he remains unbeaten on 42, although he and Zaheer Abrahim had added 41 for the eighth wicket when the inclement weather decided to intervene, Abrahim finishing the day on 13.

Whether Griqualand West can mount a remotely competitive total will depend largely on whether this pair can go on to build by far the largest partnership of the innings. Although there is plenty in the pitch for the bowlers, Griquas have no one but themselves to blame for a shoddy first day performance.