Pierre de Bruin's onslaught in vain

KwaZulu-Natal completely outplayed Easterns at Willowmoore Park, nearlywinning inside two days

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2nd day Easterns 152 for 9 dec and 230 (de Bruin 136) lead KwaZulu-Natal 300 for 7 dec (Gobind 119) and 20/0 by 62 runs
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KwaZulu-Natal completely outplayed Easterns at Willowmoore Park, nearly winning inside two days. Was it not for an excellent 136, out of a total of 230 from Pierre de Bruin, Easterns would have been humiliated in their own backyard. In front of a total of seven spectators, maybe because the main public entrance was locked throughout the whole day, de Bruin's lonely hand took the Natal attack by the scruff of the neck and pasted the ball to all parts of the ground. Seven towering sixes had outfielders craning their necks as they tracked the ball. Earlier Rivash Gobind, the Natal captain, had scored his debut first-class hundred, allowing Natal to declare at 300 for 7 after 85 overs when the bonus points stopped. Shiraaz Abrahams picked up three late wickets to make an impressive debut into first-class cricket. Natal need a further 63 runs when play resumes on day three.
2nd day Gauteng 359 and 140 for 3 (Motaung 57) beat Northerns 147 and 348 (van Wyk 85, van Woerkom 76, Dros 52, Mokonyama 52, de Bruin 6-90, Burger 3-67) by 7 wickets
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Career-best figures of 6-90 from Gerhard de Bruin helped Gauteng beat Northerns, who made a valiant attempt at saving the game at Wanderers. Being bowled out for 147, a deficit of 212 runs in the first innings was their undoing, but fifties from Kruger van Wyk, Nic van Woerkom, Gerald Dros and James Mokonyama nearly saw them attain the impossible. However, it was de Bruin who wrapped up the tail, leaving Gauteng ample time to score the 137 required with William Motaung undefeated at the end on 57.