Western Province and Easterns took advantage of batting paradises whileNortherns, Gauteng, North West and Natal had to watch the rain spoil theopening rounds of the SuperSport Super Sixes and Shield.
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Super Sixes Day Two Reports
Griqualand West 185 (Bosman 34, Bossenger 68, Dawson 6-55) v
Western Province 300 for 3 (Bassage 48, Puttick 120, Ferreira 50) Scorecard
Alan Dawson made short work of the remaining batsmen to return the figures of 6 for 55, as Griqualand were skittled for 185. They managed to add just 56 runs to their overnight total of 129 for 4, with the only resistance coming from Wendell Bossenger, who produced a hard-earned 68.
In stark contrast, Western Province made the ideal start to their innings with 100-run partnerships for the first and second wickets. Derrin Bassage and Andrew Puttick put on 118 for the first, before Puttick and Lloyd Ferreira added exactly 100 for the second. At the close Western Province had reached 300 for 3, a lead of 120.
Border 153 and 126 for 6 (Gamiet 39, Bruyns 38) v Free State 196
(Henderson 4-46, Langeveldt 3-42) Scorecard
Free State managed to hang on long enough to build up a 43-run first-innings lead, before being bowled out for 196. As was the case with the Border innings, it was the quick bowlers who held the upper hand. Tyron Henderson finished with 4 for 46 and Charl Langeveldt with 3 for 42.
The Border second innings started much the same as the first with wickets tumbling at regular intervals. Mark Bruyns and Laden Gamiet both scored in the thirties, but that left a lot of work to be done on Day 3 if Border are to have any say in the outcome. When bad light stopped play, Border led by 83 runs with four wickets remaining.
North West 255 v KwaZulu-Natal 159 for 4 (HM Amla 46, AM Amla
45*, Roe 3-35) Scorecard
Only 56 overs were possible in Durban before the rain came down with Natal on 159 for 4, still 96 runs short of North West's 255. The two Amla brothers, Hashim and Ahmed, contributed scores in the forties to carry Natal through some difficult moments, as Garth Roe extracted plenty from the pitch to be rewarded with three of the four wickets.
Shield Day One Reports
Easterns 313 for 4 (Seymore 102, Koenig 71, Z de Bruyn 84, P de
Bruyn 37*) v Eastern Province Scorecard
Easterns' batsmen totally dominated the first day as they won the toss and elected to bat on a batting paradise that had the bowlers toiling all day. Sven Koenig eventually fell for 71 (135 for 1) and was later followed by Andre Seymore who struck 17 boundaries in his 102. A further 100-run partnership between Zander (84) and Pierre de Bruyn (37*) took the score to 313, before Easterns accepted an offer for bad
light with five overs remaining.