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Bennett's five spins Border to victory

A round-up from the third day of the 12th round of matches in the SAA Provincial Challenge

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Five wickets from Bevan Bennett and an unbeaten fifty from Carl Bradfield led Border to a comprehensive six-wicket win over Boland. Starting the third day on 115 for 3, Bennett took 5 for 21 as Boland collapsed to 203 all out. Waylain September (30) and Willem Louw (41*) were the only major contributors, after Dawid Malan (64) had fallen without adding to his overnight score. This left Border the relatively simple task of knocking off 128 runs, a feat they managed without considerable alarm - although they lost four wickets in the process. September grabbed three quick wickets, but it was too little too late; led by Bradfield (57*) and Bennett (30), Border reached their target in the 25th over.
Derrin Bassage's maiden hundred anchored Western Province's successful run-chase to beat Eastern Province by nine wickets. Eastern Province's desperate performance yesterday - they were dismissed for 122 with Siraaj Conrad picking up 6 for 45 - meant their opponent's eventual target was a meagre 172. Bassage, with 41 in the first innings, played sensibly for his unbeaten 108, starring in partnerships of 61 with Alistair Gray and 111 with Bob Homani (25*). Western Province top Pool B with a game in hand, and hold a lead of 10 points over second-placed Border.
A brisk fifty from Thando Bula injected some life into the rain-affected match between Griqualand West and North West, before the game petered out into a draw. Juan le Roux (42) fell to the second ball of the day without adding to his overnight score, soon followed by Mohammad Akoojee (80). Riyaadh Bhayat (39*) was joined by Bula and together they forged a 91-run partnership for North West, who were eventually dismissed for 327 to hold an 82-run first-innings lead. Adrian McLaren then struck a powerful 72 for Griqualand, but the game ended midway through the 47th over, with Griqualand on 190 for 4.