Lo­cals still in with a sniff

Three-day clash seems headed for an in­trigu­ing fin­ish at Buf­falo Park

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An ex­cit­ing fi­nal day is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity for Border and South West­ern Dis­trict in their CSA three-day com­pe­ti­tion clash at Buf­falo Park on Satur­day, with the vis­i­tors aim­ing to set Border a chal­leng­ing chase to win the match.

Af­ter Border re­sumed day two on Fri­day morn­ing with a slen­der one-run lead over SWD’s first in­nings with five wick­ets in hand, the hosts bat­ted well to turn it into an 84-run lead by the time they were bowled all out.

SWD lost their top three, but reached 105/3 dur­ing the last ses­sion of play, just 21 runs ahead of Border when bad light chased the play­ers off the field.

But with seven wick­ets in hand, in­clud­ing Obus Pien­aar (17no) and Bren­don Louw (22no) at the crease, they will be look­ing to give Border a stiff tar­get to chase in their fi­nal in­nings.

In the morn­ing ses­sion Mnce­disi Ma­lika and Mal­wande Zamo re­sumed Border’s in­nings on 169/5, but added just two runs be­fore Zamo edged Her­shell Amer­ica be­hind to fall for 17.

Clay­ton Bosch then joined Ma­lika and was the ag­gres­sor in a 45run stand, that also saw Ma­lika reach his sec­ond first-class half cen­tury, be­fore Bosch fell for a quick-fire 25-ball 26, caught off the bowl­ing of Bradley de Vil­liers, with the score 216/7.

Phaphama Fo­jela (9) didn’t last long be­fore be­ing run out, and Basheer Wal­ters (13no) hit a cou­ple of fours in a 17-run part­ner­ship with Ma­lika, be­fore he fell to De Vil­liers for a ca­reer-best 61.

This left Sithem­bile Langa (1) to be the fi­nal wicket to fall, off the bowl­ing of for­mer Border spin­ner Tsepo Nd­wandwa, with the hosts all out for 252, just be­fore lunch.

SWD ne­go­ti­ated the cou­ple of overs to the break with­out trou­ble on 11/0, be­fore re­sum­ing in the af­ter­noon.

The open­ing stand be­tween open­ers Let­lotlo Se­sele and Marco de Kock was look­ing good,

SWD lost their top three, but reached 105/3 dur­ing the last ses­sion of play, just 21 runs ahead of Border

be­fore Wal­ters trapped Se­sele leg-be­fore for 19 to get the break­through at 39/1.

Bosch then struck in his sec­ond over, bowl­ing De Kock for 21 as SWD slipped to 53/2.

Wal­ters then picked up his sec­ond, Jean du Plessis (14) be­ing caught by Martin Wal­ters with the vis­i­tors still 11 runs shy of the Border score.

Louw joined Pien­aar at the crease and they set off on a pos­i­tive look­ing un­beaten 32-run stand when bad light saw the play­ers trudge off.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL PINYANA

IN THE ZONE: Border’s Basheer Wal­ters bowls to Let­lo­tle Se­sele of SWD at East Lon­don’s Buf­falo Park on Fri­day.

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