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Easterns survive as Boland stutter

Easterns can count themselves lucky to walk away with a win after Boland fell five runs short of a low target of 198 set in the 45 overs at Benoni

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Easterns 197 for 8 (Toyana 40, Albertyn 3-24) beat Boland 193 for 7 (de Lange 57, Baxter 51, Hall 3-31) by four runs
After they were put in, Easterns soon crumbled to 68 for 5 before Pierre de Bruyn (18) and Godfrey Toyana (40) restored some hope and helped them to 197 for eight after 45 overs. In a tight bowling display from all the Boland bowlers, Wallace Albertyn stood out and was the main wicket taker with 3 for 24.
Boland were well on the way to a victory, but some slow batting from Albertyn, and the big wicket of Con de Lange (57 off 69 balls) falling with 13 runs required off the last 12 balls, cost them dearly as they went down by four runs.
Earlier in the innings, Chad Baxter had set Boland for what looked like a win with 51 off 67 balls, while Andrew Hall took the Easterns bowling honours with 3 for 31.