EP hold the lead at Africa Cup
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.