Eagles notched up 217 runs for the loss of two wickets on the first day at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom against the Lions. After winning the toss and electing to bat on a good batting strip, Lions battled to take wickets as Davey Jacobs led the way with 99. He put on 97 with Jonathan Beukes for the first wicket before Andrew Hall found a bit of movement to trap Beukes in front for 40. Jacobs was on his way to a well-deserved hundred when he drove David Terbrugge only to find the edge, and be caught behind on the dreaded 99. He had made enough to become the leading season run scorer on 785. Later on, Boeta Dippenaar and Loots Bosman took the score to 217 for two before rain and bad light put an end to the days play. Dippenaar was on 43 (500 runs for the season) and Bosman on 28.
The Titans will question their decision to put Western Province Boland in to
bat at Boland Park in Paarl as the Capetonians scored 288 for 5 by the close
of the first day. The two cheap wickets of Derrin Bassage and Gerhard Strydom, shared between the Morkel brothers, was soon forgotten as Andrew Puttick, coming off his double hundred last week, and JP Duminy, put on 126 for the third wicket. Puttick looked set for a hundred when he edged Morne Morkel to the keeper Kruger van Wyk for 87. Pierre de Bruyn ended the possibility of a Duminy hundred when he yorked him for 79 and Morne Morkel picked up his third wicket with Con de Lange edging to the keeper for 14. Thami Tsolekile, on 40, and Vernon Philander, on four will continue the innings on the start of day two.
Bad light brought an early end to proceedings at Kingsmead with only 69.4 overs possible, as the Warriors stuttered to 197 for 7 against the Dolphins. Losing the advantage of winning the toss, the Warriors were in trouble at 80 for 6 with Ugasen Govender again proving impressive with three wickets. A 62-run partnership between Burton de Wett and Abongile Sodumo rescued the Warriors with Sodumo scoring 39. A quick 27 in 15 balls from Tyron Henderson took the score to 174 before he was needlessly run out. de Wett had moved on to a patient 44 with Mornantau Hayward on two, when bad light, lightning, rain and hail put an end to the day's play.