Hundreds for Benjamin Hector and Boeta Dippenaar entertained a small crowd in Bloemfontein, as Griqualand West and Easterns made up ground on Western Province in the latest round of Standard Bank Cup matches.
Griqualand West 307 for 5 (Hector 126, Bosman 80) beat Free State 300 for 9 (Dippenaar 111, Beukes 64, Kruis 3-58) by 7 runs
In a high scoring match in Bloemfontein, Griqualand West won a close encounter against Free State. When the last over started Free State needed 14 runs for the win. Three wickets in that over, from Deon Kruis, made sure that the work Benjamin Hector and Loods Bosman had done with the bat did not go unrewarded.
Boeta Dippenaar top-scored for Free State, and in the process sent a timely reminder to the national selectors. He was ably supported by Johann Beukes.
Easterns 191 for 3 (Seymore 74, Hall 59) beat North West 189 (De Vos 50, Morkel 3-40) by 7 wickets
Easterns ran away with a comfortable seven-wicket win at Benoni against North West. Batting first North West could only muster 189 with Dirkie de Vos top-scoring with 50. Bowling honours were shared with Albie Morkel taking three for 40.
A 116-run partnership between Andre Seymore, who made 74, and Andrew Hall (59), was enough to see Easterns home in 43 overs.
Eastern Province 200 for 7 (Bryant 46) beat Boland 170 (Ontong 65, Hayward 4-36, Love 3-26) by 30 runs
Boland went down by 30 runs at Paarl after Eastern Province had set a modest target of 200 runs. James Bryant kept Province in the game with his 46 while too many batsmen got starts and then lost their wickets.
Boland looked set to win but when Justin Ontong was dismissed at 142 the team lost momentum, with Mornantau Hayward and Geoff Love sharing seven wickets. Hayward's return of four wickets earned him a bowling award while Love produced his best List A figures.