Western Province close in on win

Western Province 276 for 7 dec lead North West 98 (Coetsee 50, de Stadler 5-18, Friend 3-37) and 84 for 8 (de Stadler 3-13, Magiet 3-0) by 94 runs

Rain in the morning session on the second day at Cape Town prevented Western Province from winning within two days as North West crumbled in abject fashion, losing 18 wickets in 86 overs. Werner Coetsee saved them from total humiliation, scoring 50 out of a total of 98 in the first innings. The only other player who got into double-figures was Marc Rosenberg, who scored 20. The main destroyer was Mark de Stadler, who took a career best of 5 for 18 from 14 overs He was assisted by Quentin Friend who took 3 for 37.

Following on, North West faired no better as they collapsed to 84 for 8 when bad light made sure that they would have to come back the next day. de Stadler was again among the wickets taking 3 for 13, but it was Achmat Magiet, making his debut appearance, who did the star turn, bowling three overs towards the end of the day and taking three wickets without conceding a run.

Gauteng 228 and 90 for 3 lead KwaZulu-Natal 274 for 5 dec (Sanders 96, Gobind 77) by 44 runs

Gauteng fought back strongly at Durban to take a lead of 44 over KwaZulu-Natal at the end of the second day of their UCB Provincial Cup encounter. Natal ended the first day in a strong position, and consolidated further on the second morning, reaching 183 without loss in the 58th over. However, they lost the impetus and ended on 274 for 5 when the forced declaration came in after 93 overs. The loss of Mark Sanders for 96 and Rivash Gobind, their captain, seemed to have a huge impact on the rest of the batsmen. In 35 overs they could only manage 91 runs allowing Gauteng right back into the game. When play was called off, Gauteng had moved to 90 for 3 in their second innings, and a decisive result was very much in doubt.