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The Matches St George's Park - EP vs Namibia - November 24, 2002
EP vs Namibia - November 24, 2002
Neale Emslie

Vipers trapped by EP record-breaker

IN the finest performance of his limited overs career, Eastern Province’s Robin Peterson delivered a record-breaking bowling performance to take the Jumbos to a decisive 93-run victory over the Namib Vipers in their Standard Bank Cup cricket match at St George’s Park on November 24, 2002.

Capitalising on an excellent unbeaten 59 from allrounder Justin Kemp, the 23-year-old leftarm spinner trapped the Vipers in a tantalising web of spin to return the sensational figures of six for 16 as the visitors slumped to 96 all out in response to EP’s 189 for seven.

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The pitch was slow and gave the spinners considerable assistance, something the slow bowlers on each side took advantage of. It was Peterson, however, who made the more telling blows, capturing his sixth wicket with the first ball of his final over and then conjuring up a maiden over to better Border captain Pieter Strydom’s competition best of six for 17 against WP last season.

In the process, he joined three other EP bowlers – Justin Kemp (6/20), Brett Schultz (6/22) and Garnett Kruger (6/23) – who have taken six wickets in a limited overs innings. The best performance in all domestic limited overs cricket is the seven for 21 by Natal’s Pelham Henwood against Border in 1972-73 in the old Nissan Shield competition.

Peterson’s effort took the Jumbos to a long-awaited victory this season and they also earned a bonus point to give themselves an outside chance of qualifying for the limited overs semi-finals. The top two in each pool will qualify for the semis and EP will need to repeat yesterday’s performance against Gauteng in Johannesburg (December 27) and Free State in PE (January 3) to stay in the running.

While Peterson, not surprisingly took the man of the match award, EP’s win would not have been possible had it not been for Kemp’s priceless knock of 59 off 59 balls.

The tall allrounder has not had the best of seasons, but yesterday, dropped down to No 7 in the batting order, he showed why he was so highly rated in SA cricket a few seasons back.

Through skipper Carl Bradfield, who took 13 off the first over, and Dumisa Makalima, EP got off to another bright start with 45 in 10 overs. But then followed the all-too familiar collapse and at 95 for five, an embarrassing run of three straight Cup defeats was not out of the question.

Vipers veteran Lennie Louw showed all the experience of his 44 years to claim two for 18 with his leftarm spinners and in conditions not conducive to stroke-making, it was an uphill battle for the Jumbos.

Johan Botha’s 28 off 70 balls may look terribly slow for one-day cricket and there were times when he battled to rotate the strike. But he played an important part in reviving the innings in a sixth-wicket stand of 42 in 12 overs with Kemp and then came a final blitz which gave the EP bowlers something respectable to defend.

Kemp’s clean hitting led the way, but he received excellent support from Bruce Friderichs (17 off 15 balls) as they thumped the Vipers attack for 51 in the last five overs and 27 off the final two.

It gave Bradfield’s men some breathing space and they kept their discipline in the field as Peterson wreaked havoc with the Vipers batsmen.

The visitors, who play England in a World Cup match at St George’s Park on February 19, contributed to their own downfall with three run outs.

The Herald
November 25, 2002.
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