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The Matches St George's Park - Former EP Batsman Petersen Plunders Ton Off Jumbos Attack
Former EP Batsman Petersen Plunders Ton Off Jumbos Attack
Neale Emslie

ALVIRO Petersen, a product of Eastern Province, struck the second first-class century of his career to give Northerns a promising start on the opening day of their Supersport Series cricket match at St George’s Park on Friday.

The 21-year-old right-hander made his debut for Northerns two years ago and yesterday he posted a superb 109 as the visitors, after being asked to bat by EP skipper Carl Bradfield, made their way to a tidy 281 for five when bad light stopped play with eight overs remaining.

Petersen, a former Gelvandale and Otto du Plessis pupil, is one of a number of EP players who have made their way north. Spinner Shafiek Abrahams is in the current side while former EP B player Nigel Brouwers has also represented the Titans.

It was not the best day for the Jumbos, particularly after winning the toss, but they must have enjoyed the second half much more than the opening stages. After watching Petersen and Jacques Rudolph (60) add a largely untroubled 145 for the first wicket, the EP attack chipped away at the visitors’ batting and stemmed the tide to a degree by claiming five wickets in the last two sessions.

Paceman Nantie Hayward was the most impressive of the Jumbos attack, running in with aggression even towards the end of the day to snare the important wickets of Rudolph and Gerald Dros.

Fast-medium seamer Garnett Kruger also produced some penetrative deliveries and was rewarded with the wickets of Rudolph and Neil McKenzie (44) and respectable figures of two for 39 in 16 overs.

Mfuneko Ngam, who was recalled to the national limited overs squad on Thursday, bowled at a reasonable pace, but needs a lot more work following a lengthy layoff through injury.

The pitch was not as frightening as some might have anticipated. The drying effect of Thursday’s strong westerly probably drew some sting from the conditions and although there were one or two edgy moments for the Northerns openers, they dictated proceedings in the morning session.

Petersen was lucky to survive an edge through the slips early in his innings and Rudolph was fortunate a chinese cut didn’t cannon into the stumps. But the pair did an outstanding job for their side as they took the score to 115 at lunch and ultimately 145 before Kruger found Rudolph’s edge for Justin Kemp to snap up a sharp chance at slip.

Just 21 runs later, Petersen’s excellent innings came to an end. He batted for 267 minutes and hit 15 fours off 201 balls. He’s certainly proved an excellent gain for Northerns.

The Herald
September 28, 2002

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