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Griquas win three-day title

2012-04-02 19:51

Cape Town - A consistently good performance over the season by Griqualand West (Griquas) saw them retain their No 1 log position without playing a match in this past weekend’s last round of matches and clinch the Cricket South Africa (CSA) provincial three-day competition title.

Griquas lost only one match this season and won six matches and drew six more. They top the log table with 151.70 points.

Gauteng claimed second place after gaining four points from their drawn match against Border in East London on the weekend. The hosts fielded after winning the toss and bowled Gauteng out for 107 in the first innings. Border’s Jerry Nqolo and Lucky Pangabantu were impressive, taking 3/18 and 3/25 respectively while Lonwabo Rodolo chipped in with 2/22.

Gauteng’s Graham Hume took an outstanding 5/34 to limit the hosts to 168 all out. Abongile Sodumo was the only noteworthy batsman of the innings, scoring a hasty 69 from 56 balls. He was well supported by Pumelela Matshikwe and Matt McGillivray, who contributed 3/32 and 2/42 respectively.

Gauteng replied with 52 for the loss of three wickets, all of which were taken by Rodolo, at the end of day two. Heavy rain overnight and in the morning made play impossible on day three, resulting in a drawn match.

South Western Districts showed the greatest improvement this year, finishing the season in third place with 144.58 points. They drew in their away match against Free State (FS) in Bloemfontein where Christiaan Jonker scored an outstanding 103 from 126 balls to give them a first innings lead of 233 runs after being put in to bat by their host. Gino Vries and Patrick Botha were the stand-out bowlers of the innings, taking 4/52 and 3/22 respectively.

FS played right through day two and declared on 168/4 on day three. There was not enough time for a second innings to be played, leaving the match drawn.

There was not much luck for any of the other sides playing on the weekend, as no other team produced a positive ending, resulting in all the matches being drawn. In Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province drew against Namibia, Easterns took fourth place on the log after drawing their match against KwaZulu-Natal in Benoni while North West drew against Western Province in Potchefstroom.

In Pretoria, Northerns drew against Boland after a tremendous batting effort by Boland’s Tiaan Cloete and Lenert van Wyk, who scored 112 and 110 respectively after being put in to bat by Northerns.  They posted 404/7 over two days, making a successful chase impossible for Northerns, who finished on 202/2 at the end of day three to draw the match.

End of season log:



P

W

L

Tied

D

Bat

Bowl

Penalty

Pts

Griqualand West

13

6

1

0

6

47.70

44

0

151.70

Gauteng

13

6

2

0

5

35.94

49

0

144.94

South Western Districts

13

6

2

0

5

40.58

44

0

144.58

Easterns

13

4

3

0

6

47.24

50

0

137.24

North West

13

5

4

0

4

33.08

45

0

133.08

Border

13

4

4

0

5

35.14

50

0

125.14

Western Province

13

3

5

0

5

35.66

48

0

113.66

Free State

13

3

3

0

7

35.98

42

0

112.98

Northerns

13

3

1

0

9

36.00

40

1

105.00

KwaZulu-Natal

13

1

3

0

9

37.62

43

0

95.62

Boland

13

3

5

0

5

20.78

42

0

92.78

Eastern Province

13

0

4

0

9

35.32

44

0

84.32

KwaZulu-Natal Inland

13

2

4

0

7

25.46

33

0

83.46

Namibia

13

0

5

0

8

30.66

37

0

72.66


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