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The Matches St George's Park - EP Team Endure Anxious Moments Against Boland
EP Team Endure Anxious Moments Against Boland
Neale Emslie

Eastern Province suffered a fleeting moment of anxiety before passing the follow-on target of 384 to virtually ensure that their Supersport Series cricket match against Boland would end in a draw at St George's Park yesterday.

And that was they way it turned out as the visitors reached 109 for five in their second innings, an overall lead of 217, when played was called off at 4.30pm.

Resuming yesterday morning on 352 for six in reply to Boland's first innings of 534 for six declared, the Jumbos lost three wickets for 32 runs, meaning they needed one more run to avoid the follow-on when last man Nantie Hayward joined fellow paceman Mfuneko Ngam at the crease.

Having totalled 534 in their first innings, Boland's sole hope of victory rested on them enforcing the follow-on and they had a brief sniff at it when Craig Thyssen's long vigil at the crease ended with his score on 56 after nearly fours.

But Hayward survived two balls from Henry Williams before a legside delivery caught the edge of his left pad, eluded a diving wicketkeeper and sped away to the boundary for four leg byes. That took EP past the danger mark and Ngam enjoyed himself in hitting five fours in his 35 before he was stumped shortly before lunch for the Jumbos innings to close on 426, 108 runs in arrears.

With 76 overs left for the day, there was never going to be enough time for either side to force an outright and Boland settled for batting practice before play was called off.

EP allrounder Johann Louw, who twice took wickets with successive deliveries in the match and with five in total, was named man of the match both for his bowling and batting when he made a matchsaving 124.

The Herald
October 28, 2003

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