Rain plays spoilsport

A rain-starved South Africa got the downpour it desired

Wisden Cricinfo staff
A rain-starved South Africa got the downpour it desired. Needless to say, that old South African bugbear, Duckworth/Lewis, came into play yet again as all three Standard Bank Cup matches were affected by rain.
Western Province 45 for 2 (Puttick 17*) v Northerns. Match abandoned due to rain.
The threat of rain hung over Newlands, before following up on its promise and washing out the Western Province v Northerns clash. After numerous intermittent showers interrupted play, the big one came in the 10th over, and both teams walked off, with Province at 45 for 2.
Boland 167 for 4 (Ontong 60*) beat Border 202 for 4 (Bruyns 60, Pope 50*, Kreusch 42, De Lange 2-37) by 6 wickets with 7 balls to spare. (D/L Method)
Boland achieved a reduced target of 165 in 25 overs against Border at Paarl, after rain came calling. 23.5 overs is all they needed, as Justin Ontong (60 in 41 balls) launched himself off the platform built by Neil Carter (33) and Gerhard Strydom (23), and took his team to victory.
Border's batsmen were no slouches either. On the back of two fifties, a forty and a thirty, Border scored 202 in 41 overs. Mark Bruyns (60) and Justin Kreusch (42) put on an opening stand of 106 in more overs than Boland took to score the winning runs. Steven Pope ran hard, hitting only two 4s in his innings of 50 off 53 balls. Pieter Strydom was a tad more destructive, with four 4s and a 6 in his 30-ball 38. Then came the rain, and even an asking rate of close to seven couldn't bar Boland from storming to victory.
KwaZulu-Natal 110 for 4 (Amla 59*, Kent 23*) v Free State. Match abandoned due to rain.
Yet another KwaZulu-Natal game was washed out. After electing to bat against Free State, KwaZulu-Natal got off to a terrible start, with both openers gone and seven runs on the board. Ahmed Amla (10) didn't do much either, and Dale Benkenstein came and went in a hurry. But Hashim Amla (59 not out) and Jon Kent (23*) steadied the innings and put on 54 runs to take the team to 110 in 29 overs, when weather intervened.