Northerns go top of the Shield table

Northerns' win over Boland at Paarl took them well clear at the top of the Shield table:

Shield - 4th day:

Northerns 451 for 7 dec and 173 for 6 dec beat Boland 259 and 218 (Strydom 52, Dros 5-17) by 147 runs

Boland's target of 366 proved to be far too high, as they were bowled out for 218 at Paarl. The last five wickets tumbled for 27, to spoil any cghance Boland might have had to force a draw. Gerald Dros, Northerns' captain, who had bowled only 22 previous overs this season, brought himself on in the 69th over, and produced career-best figures of 5 for 17 in 4.1 overs as he ripped through the Boland tail. Gerard Strydom again top-scored for Boland, with 52.

Gauteng 34 for 1 v Eastern Province

For the third day running no play was possible at the Wanderers. After just half-an-hour's play on the first day neither team scored any points and had to be content with a soggy draw.