EP hold the lead at Africa Cup

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Ross Roche

East­ern Prov­ince put them­selves firmly in the driv­ing seat of the Africa Cup T20 com­pe­ti­tion’s Pool C as they picked up two wins on Fri­day to lead the log go­ing into the week­end play.

Kenya, who played only once on the day, and Namibia, who played twice, both also man­aged a win each, while Mpumalanga are prac­ti­cally out of the run­ning after two losses and Bor­der have it all to do after los­ing their only game of the day.

In the af­ter­noon matches, EP beat Mpumalanga by 11 runs and Namibia stunned Bor­der by six wick­ets.

EP bat­ted first and man­aged a solid 170/3 thanks to good con­tri­bu­tions from four of the top five bats­men.

Matthew Breet­zke (5) fell early, but fel­low opener Ed­die Moore (41), Matthew Chris­tiansen (68 not out), Le­siba Ngoepe (20) and Kelly Smuts (28 not out) got in on the runs.

Mpumalanga then just could not keep up with the ask­ing rate, de­spite a valiant un­beaten 61 from for­mer Bor­der Craven week player and Queens Col­lege stu­dent Aubrey Fer­reira, end­ing on 159/5.

Bor­der will be kick­ing them­selves for los­ing a match they re­ally shouldn’t have after an un­beaten cen­tury from Marco Marais saw them rack up 193/4 in their 20 overs.

Namibia spoiled the home side’s party thanks to a scin­til­lat­ing 143-run open­ing stand, off just 75 balls be­tween Stephan Baard (86) and Lo­han Louwrens (63) which set them on their way to pass the score.

In the morn­ing matches EP claimed a 15-run win over Namibia and Kenya pow­ered to an eight-wicket vic­tory over Mpumalanga.

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