EP edge Border in head-to-head 3-Day and One-Day Cup encounters at St. Georges Park
Recently Eastern Province played Border in both the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge at St. Georges Park Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
Both games were cross-pool encounters with the 3-Day Cup match, taking place from the 5th until the 7th of January, while the One-Day Challenge match took place on the 8th. EP racked up one win from those two clashes with the other, the 3-Day game, being a draw.
In a series of days where Border certainly did look more solidified, a draw may have not been a fair reflection in the 3-Day encounter as EP were bowled out for a meek 144 after 54.4 overs in their first innings, with Border shooting ahead and scoring 352/9 declared.
Having a 208-run lead heading into the second innings contention, Border would have had their tails up for victory, but with time ticking away their hopes and with a more composed batting performance from EP – the match succumbed to a draw with EP scoring 194/3 at the end of the third day.
Ayabulela Gqamane took an astonishing 5/21 bowling figures in the first innings spell for Border which knocked EP originally astray. Border’s batting line-up scores were then relatively evenly dispersed with four batsmen scoring above 20 and an additional four scoring above 35. Special mention, however, should go to Warriors’ stalwart, Christiaan Jonker, for scoring 79 and Gqamane (46), Mncedisi Malika (42) and Clayton Bosch (38) for their added fine batting contributions.
EP’s Anrich Nortje took 4/98 figures with the ball in that same innings. In their second, unfinished innings, EP’s Gihahn Cloete fell just three runs shot of a century, scoring 97, with David White backing him well-up on the crease scoring 55 not out.
EP won the 50-over game by three wickets with 18 balls to spare, as they successfully chased Border’s total of 209 – which they got until the 46th over before falling all out. Darryl Brown scored 85 with a decent strike-rate of 87.62, and shed some light to reaching his century before being unluckily being run-out.
With the ball for EP, Solo Nqweni took 3/50 figures and Nortje (2/13). On a relatively slow wicket, EP moved along their run-chase hesitantly at stages, as they retrieved their target with 211/7 at the end of the 47th over, with Onke Nyaku scoring 67 and Tiaan Koekemoer scoring an unbeaten 30.
Failing to thwart EP’s run-chase, Sinovuyo Ntuntwana, did however manage to make a lone impact with the ball for Border as he took 4/48 bowling figures.
In Pool B of the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup, EP ended second out of seven sides after having won four out of 10 games – with four also being a draw. Border ended last (7th) in Pool A, after having won only two and drawing five after 10 matches. After beating Western Province in Cape Town in the final, Kwazulu-Natal Inland won the 2016/17 3-Day Cup.
In the Provincial One-Day Challenge, EP is currently 4thin Pool B and Border 6th in Pool A – both out of seven teams. In the combined cross-pool log out of 14 sides, EP is currently 8th and Border 13th. In total out of the whole Provincial One-Day Challenge so far, EP have played five matches, won two, lost two and one no result. Out of six games so far, Border have only won one and lost five.
EP’s next scheduled One-Day fixture will be a cross-pool match against Kwazulu-Natal in Chatsworth Stadium, Durban, on January 15th, with Border’s next game, also a cross-pool affair, only on February 19th against Easterns in Buffalo Park, East London.
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