MATTHEW KLEINVELDT took his competition runs aggregate past 500 while Jason Smith produced a superb all-round performance to give Western Province control of Pool A after the latest round of Sunfoil Cup Provincial three-day matches.
Kleinveldt became the sixth player this season to reach this landmark with his innings of 78 and 46 against SWD while Smith made a quick-fire 74 to take his aggregate to 494 and then took 6/49 to give Western Province what turned out to be a match-winning first innings lead. They eventually won by 119 runs after leading by 117 on the first innings.
In spite of being on the losing side Niel Hornbuckle scored the only century of the weekend (105 off 115 balls, 17 fours) to make almost half of SWD’s first innings total of 212.
Western Province have now taken control of Pool A, being one point ahead of North West with two games in hand. The important clash between third-placed Northerns and fourth-placed KZN was badly disrupted by the weather with Northerns only able to get 4 points out of the match and KZN 2.32.
Eldrid Hawken, the latest fast bowler to come out of the Northerns pace factory, continued his excellent form with figures of 5/23. He has now taken 29 wickets with the best economy figures in the competition of 2.28 and a strike rate of little more than 33.
The only team in action in Pool B was Namibia who showed a welcome turnaround in their fortunes, beating Northern Cape by 137 runs. Bernard Scholtz returned the best innings bowling figures to date with 8/33 in the second innings. Sarel Burger (5/26) did the damage in the first innings.
In the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge Northerns beat KZN by 7 wickets with Mangaliso Mosehle scoring 68 not out off 101 balls and Western Province beat SWD by 69 runs with Kleinveldt and Smith continuing their good form, taking 8 wickets between them.
In the CSA Provincial T20 Northern Cape edged out Namibia by one wicket with one ball to spare.