CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup 2018-19

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CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup 2018-19

Postby The Professor » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:31 pm

It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to give a little bit more love to some of the more obscure cricket competitions I follow on the forum so will start with this.

Was keeping an eye on the game between 5th placed Easterns and 6th placed Border today.

It will be easterns who will be most pleased after having scored a fairly decent 320 on Day One.

In what has been a fairly lacklustre season for Border, the veteran Phaphama Fojela has been something of a mainstay. He got another five-fer today including 2 in one over to render Easterns 8-2. They then rallied back - largely through a 94 for Matthew Arnold.

In the 11 overs that Border batted they managed to lose two batsmen for the gain of a mere 39 runs and are now quite a way behind.
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Re: CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup 2018-19

Postby The Professor » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:37 pm

Whilst a draw seems the most likely outcome, it will be Easterns who feel more pleased with the fixture this week, This despite a stellar 137 ball 123 from Marco Marais.

Easterns hold a 131 run lead with 10 wickets left in their second innings. They will aim to put on another 100-ish asap and declare after lunch, in the hope that they run through the Border batsmen.
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Re: CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup 2018-19

Postby The Professor » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:23 am

In a game that is petering out for a draw you may as well fill your boots and Wesley Marshall did just that. Starting the day on 75*, the 25-year-old settled in for the innings and made his way to a double ton. Easterns declared on 341/3 after Marshall got his 200 in 199 balls.

Border got 146 in their second innings with the total still a long distance away.

In other stand out performances around the country, Marcello Piedt, who has had a great season, doubled up being South Westerns top run scorer in the first innings with 86 batting at 8 and then followed that up with 5-52 in North Wests first essay. South Westerns went on to win by 28 runs.
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