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The Matches St George's Park - Kops Plays Key Role as Jumbos Take Control
Kops Plays Key Role as Jumbos Take Control
Neale Emslie

JUMBOSí leftarmer Brent Kops led another workmanlike performance by the Eastern Province attack as they dismissed Border for 191 on the opening day of their three-day cricket friendly yesterday.

The opening bowler, aided by some smart catching in the slips at St Georgeís Park, claimed four for 50 as EP hit back after Border had won the toss and taken control of the early stages. At the close, the home side had reached 19 without loss off 10 overs, with Carl Bradfield and Brett Tucker to resume the innings today.

Border must have been disappointed with their final total after a promising start, despite the early loss of Craig Sugden with the score on 12.

Mark Bruyns and No 3 Steven Pope brought the 50 up in the 10th over and they were on top after adding 51 in 13 overs when Pope played a loose shot to be caught at backward point for 26. After that, the visitorsí dominance receded as the EP seam and spin attack, complemented by good fielding, kept the batsmen under pressure.

Bowling at a lively pace, Kops was the pick of the bunch, twice getting the ball to slant across the batsmen for the important wickets of Sugden and Pieter Strydom, while his yorker to bowl Laden Gamiet was a beauty.

There was good support from Johan Botha (2/25) and Johann Louw (1/30), while offspinner Geoff Love enjoyed a spell of 26 overs to keep things quiet from the Park Drive end.

He was rewarded with the vital wicket of Bruyns when the Border opener lofted one to Louw at mid-on. Bruyns had worked hard in a near four-hour stay for his teamís top score of 55 off 173 balls (seven fours).

Jumbosí newcomer Arno Jacobs, who made such an impression with scores of 192 and 43 against Boland last week, again left his mark with four catches at second slip. The ones to dismiss Border captain Justin Kreusch and lefthander Burton de Wett were outstanding as he snatched the ball just above the turf.

Play continues today at 10am.

The Herald
October 1, 2003

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