Western Province suffered a first-day collapse on a lively pitch at Newlands to be bowled out for 114 in their first innings against KwaZulu-Natal. Ryan Canning made 30, and was the only Province batsmen to show the Durban pace attack any resistance. Career bests from Nicolas Hewer (4 for 31) and Saidi Mhlongo (3 for 27), together with 3 for 43 from Ugasen Govender, was enough to race through the Province batting in 48.2 overs. The Natal innings almost suffered the same destruction but 45 from Wade Wingfield saw them recover from 52 for 4 to 103 for 5 when bad light stopped play early. Two concerns for Natal is are the injuries suffered to Govender, who limped off during the Province innings, and Mark Sanders, who was forced to retire hurt.

The derby grudge match at Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein between neighbours Free State and Griqualand West did not quite start off as planned for Griquas. Winning the toss and batting first, they were soon in trouble at 55 for 4 but a couple of twenties, a 46 not out from Jandre Coetzee and 25, which included three sixes, from the No. 10, Revelation Plaatjie, enabled them to limp to 195 all out with Jacob Malao taking 3 for 54. The Free State top order did not suffer the same fate as they finished the day, an early stop due to bad light, on 114 for 2 with Benjamin Hector scoring 43 and Lefa Mosena not out on 46.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa