WP saved by lower or­der

Frans­man and Shushu drop an­chor to deny EP vic­tory

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

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.

Peter Heeger/gallo Im­ages

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.

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