WP saved by lower order
Fransman and Shushu drop anchor to deny EP victory
TAILENDERS Josh Fransman and Ntisika Shushu were the saviours for Western Province on day two of the Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Bellville yesterday.
Their last-wicket stand of 11 runs denied Eastern Province victory as their match ended in a draw.
Province opened their campaign on Thursday with a hard-fought onewicket win over Northerns. On this occasion, chasing 178 for victory, they battled against an impressive pace attack delivered by the Eastern Cape visitors.
Right-arm first change seamer Mbulelo Budaza was the main wicket-taker with 4/22 off 12 overs while opening bowler Tladi Bokako ended with 3/13 off eight overs.
Victory seemed assured for the visitors as they had WP reeling on 104/9 with plenty of overs in hand. But Fransman (7 off 31 balls) and Shush (4 off 28) had other ideas, surviving all of 10 overs to force the unlikely draw.
“I’m pretty proud with the way those two guys hung in at the death under extreme pressure,” said Province coach Wayne Myers.
“Ntisiki deserves special mention as he was there at the end for us when we edged past Northerns. But the boys got a stern talking to for again playing below expectations.
“I’m confident that we can produce the goods in today’s two T20 matches against Easterns (Wynberg Boys’ High) and Kwazulu- Natal Inland (Rondebosch).”
Province’s promising righthanded batsman Seb Golding’s hopes of making the SA Schools team to be announced on the fifth and final day on Tuesday nosedived after making just one run to go with his duck in the first game.
Fellow opener Matthew Norris (25 off 49 balls) and No 3 Jason Smith (16 off 17 balls) seemed well set as they took the score to 40/1, but their departures, both at the hands of Bokako, signalled the collapse.
David Bedingham ( 1), captain Hilio de Abreu (7) and Dalton Kan- nemeyer (1) followed in quick succession as Province were reduced to 57/6 at tea, still 121 runs in arrears.
The resumption saw the bowlers apply pressure on the lower order, Travis Muller first to depart the scene as he had his stumps knocked back by seamer Solomzi Nqweni.
Lower- order batsman Taariq Chiecktey, who was faced with a similar situation in the first game, knuckled down, and with Jaco Zeeman at the other end offered stern resistance for the eighth-wicket.
But their 39- run stand ended when Zeeman (24 off 29 balls) was bowled by Bokako. Chieckey (24 off 66 balls) became Budaza’s fourth victim as Province slumped to 104/9. Then the heroics of Fransman and Shushu saved the day.
Earlier, after being put in to bat Eastern Province’s openers Jaycin Snyman (0) and Michael Rusmere (3, retired hurt) gave their side the worst possible start as both were back in the hut with just four runs on the board.
Province opening bowlers Travis Muller and Josh Fransman shared a wicket apiece before seamer Dalton Kannemeyer struck when he had Edward Moore edging behind to wicketkeeper Chiecktey for 10.
Curtis Samboer lasted just four balls as he became leg-spinner Golding’s first of three victims as he holed out to Kannemeyer. Lingani Standiwe, who came in at No 4, made a slow start to his innings as he and Nicholas Gailey went about rescuing matters.
They added 55 for the fifth-wicket before Standiwe (45 off 129 balls) was bowled by left-arm off-spinner De Abreu. Gailey ( 36 off 81 balls), caught and bowled Golding, followed 19 runs later as the Eastern Cape visitors slumped to 111/6.
Solomzi Nqweni (15), Ian Herold (27) and Anrich Nortjé (15) made starts but could not kick on, resulting in them being limited to 177/8 off their allotted 75 overs.
Golding, who ended with figures of 3/43 off 25.5 overs was the pick of the bowlers while De Abreu got his second consecutive two-wicket haul.
NOT FAR ENOUGH: David Bedingham of Western Province holes out to cover during day two of the Kaya Majola week match between WP and Eastern Province at Bellville yesterday.