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Pollock hammers a hundred from No. 3

Three of the top four teams, Northerns, Gauteng and Easterns, had to settlefor shared points as the two Standard Bank Cup matches scheduled for the wet Johannesburg area were abandoned without a ball being bowled

Wisden Cricinfo staff
22-Jan-2004
Three of the top four teams, Northerns, Gauteng and Easterns, had to settle for shared points as the two Standard Bank Cup matches scheduled for the wet Johannesburg area were abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Easterns v Northerns Match abandoned due to rain
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Gauteng v Free State Match abandoned due to rain
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Northerns and Easterns shared the points at Willowmoore Park while Gauteng and Free State did the same at the Wanderers.
KwaZulu-Natal 272 for 4 (Pollock 134*, Amla 54) beat Eastern Province 194 (Bradfield 41, Klusener 2-28, McLean 2-38, Kent 2-40) by 78 runs
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At Durban, KwaZulu-Natal at last completed a match without any rain interruptions. Shaun Pollock, having been given permission by the national selectors to bat but not bowl, surprised everyone when he strode out for Natal batting at No. 3. Just 111 balls later, he had scored his second and highest one-day century. His 134 not out included 13 fours and four sixes. Hashim Amla scored 54 with Lance Klusener, who has been recalled to the national team, unlucky to be run out for 17 two overs before the end. A target of 273 was always going to be a daunting task for Eastern Province who were eventually bowled out for 194 with an over to spare. Carl Bradfield, back in the team after resigning as captain, scored a fluent 41 while the rest of the batting crumbled against a useful attack. Klusener showed just why he had been recalled. taking 2 for 28 in 8.5 tight overs. Nixon McLean and Jon Kent also took two wickets each.
Griqualand West 252 for 7 (Afridi 72, Bosman 36, Albertyn 2-44) beat Boland 235 for 7 (Davids 122*, Afridi 2-29) by 17 runs
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A whirlwind 72 off 32 balls from Shahid Afridi lifted Griqualand West to 252 for 7 against a shocked Boland attack at Kimberley. Afridi posted eight fours and five sixes in his 52-minute knock, and helped his side reach the hundred in the 12th over. A dramatic decrease in the run rate, after the departure of Afridi, saw Griquas reach 252 for 7 at the end of their 45 overs. Henry Davids fought a lone battle for Boland, but even his maiden one-day hundred was not enough to take his side home. With no real partnerships developing and the next-best score 22 from Ersamus Hendrikse, Boland were never in the hunt.
Border 174 for 2 (Kreusch 106*, Pope 47*) beat North West 172 for 8 (Celliers 40, Graham 4-32) by 8 wickets
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At East London, Border restricted wooden-spoonists North West to 172 for 8, with Liam Graham taking 4 for 32. Grant Celliers (40) and Davie Jacobs (32) were not able to build on fruitful starts as wickets fell around them. In need of a bonus point, Border made a disastrous start, losing both openers within the first seven overs. This brought Steven Pope and the captain, Justin Kreusch, to the crease. Batting at a run a ball and striking 17 superb boundaries, Kreusch went to his maiden one-day hundred, while Pope made sure he kept his end going with 47 not out. Victory in 34.3 overs ensured that Border still have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals.