Boland 106 (Philander 4-15) and 316 (Davids 99, Clark 58, de Stadler 5-61) beat Western Province 101 (Albertyn 3-24, Fourie 3-16) and 263 (Albertyn 4-29) by 58 runs
It was a game of contrasts at Newlands in Cape Town as 20 wickets fell on the first day, 11 on day two and nine on day three as Western Province and Boland exchanged blows, with Boland emerging eventual victors by 58 runs.
Both teams were bowled out on the first day - Boland for 106 and Province for 101. Vernon Philander took 4 for 15 and William Hantam claimed 3 for 16 for Province while Wallace Albertyn took 3 for 24 and Henri Fourie 3 for 16 for Boland.
On the second day there was a dramatic change in the trend as Boland batted for most of the day, scoring 316 with Henry Davids stroking 99 and Jonathan Clark a career-best 58. Mark de Stadler took 5 for 61 and wrapped up the tail in an impressive final five-over spell.
Province had to chase 322 to deny Boland only their second win ever in the local derby, but too many starts with no finishes cost Province dearly as five batsmen batted themselves into the 30s and then lost their wickets. Albertyn led from the front with 4 for 29 and Hillroy Paulse backed him up, taking 3 for 44, as Province were bowled out for 263.
Eastern Province 185 (Potgieter 73, Holtzhauzen 4-60) and 140 (Potgieter 50*) drew with North West 131 (Carolus 5-61) and 177 for 9 (le Roux 103, Carolus 4-56)
A rain-interrupted match ended in a tense traw after North West recovered from a diasterous position and nearly pulled off a victory.
The first day at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom produced 15 wickets, of which only five batsmen managed double figures. Eastern Province were bowled out for 185 with Ettienne Potgieter scoring a career-best 73 while the North West attack of Frikkie Holtzhauzen, Eugene Moleon and Friedel de Wet made full use of the conditions.
After rain wiped out the next day, North West were bowled out for 131 in 50 overs on the third day. Deon Carolus was the destroyer-in-chief, taking 5 for 61 and helping Eastern Province to a lead of 54 runs.
Eastern Province faired no better in their second innings with Potgieter again top-scoring with 50 not out in a total of 140, the lead now 194.
North West started their second innings with a crippling collapse. Six wickets fell with 19 on the board and 36 overs had yet to be bowled. But a maiden hundred by Juan le Roux and 40 from Holtzhauzen turned the game around. Thando Bula played a giant's innings as he and le Roux steered North West closer to victory, putting on 59 for the eighth wicket. But after le Roux's fell for 103 his team closed shop to earn North West a commendable draw.