Boland score a double over EP

Alvin Reeves

TALENTED righthander Keegan Petersen scored a maiden List A century as Boland completed the double over Eastern Province in their CSA Provincial cricket fixtures at Axxess St George’s at the weekend.

After slumping to a disappointing four-wicket loss in the three-day match which ended on Saturday, Eastern Province were again found wanting in the 50-over match yesterday, despite posting an imposing 281.

And it was Petersen, 19, who piled on the misery with a breathtaking hundred scored under tremendous pressure.

Such was his dominance at the end that he finished the match yesterday with a six and a four off Sisanda Magala to see his team to an impressive four-wicket victory with eight balls to spare.

His unbeaten 134 came off 146 balls and included 13 fours and three sixes.

At one stage, Boland needed the tall order of 152 in 108 deliveries for victory with six wickets in hand.

But Petersen joined forces with Michael Loubser (51) and the pair added 101 in 11 overs, virtually putting EP out of the picture.

Lionel Vaaltyn took three for 32 in his 10 overs but the remainder of the bowlers came in for some stick.

Earlier, an aggressive, unbeaten 78 from middle-order batsman Magala and a more measured 86 at the top of the order by the experienced Arno Jacobs saw EP through to 281.

Jacobs was his steady self while opening the batting yesterday, facing 106 balls and stroking eight fours and a six. But when he was the fifth wicket down with the total on 165, followed by James Price minutes later, EP’s total was neither here nor there at 169 for six in the 39th over.

But an 85-run partnership in 56 balls for the seventh wicket between Magala and wicketkeeper Lee Roy Walters redirected the innings. Walters made 30 before becoming offspinner Ockert Erasmus’s third victim, but it was Magala who saw it through to the end. The right-handed Magala, a product of Muir College, faced only 41 balls for his 78, striking 12 fours and two sixes.

In the three-day game which finished on Saturday, opening batsman Godfrey Stevens made a solid 82 to help Boland to a four-wicket victory over EP.

The home side would have thought they were in with a chance of defending 190 when Warren Bell took two early wickets and Vaaltyn effected a run out to have Boland at 55 for three.

But Stevens settled in with the experienced Ryan Canning and the pair took the sting out of Eastern Province’s attack with a partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket.

Canning was eventually dismissed for 40 while Tiaan Cloete added an unbeaten 27 to the visitors’ total to earn a well-deserved victory.

Earlier, Eastern Province’s hopes of posting a target in excess of 250 were shot to pieces when veteran Jacobs became the first batsmen to be dismissed on day three.

He added only 12 runs to his overnight score of 60. He struck eight fours and a six before he found the safe hands of Cloete at mid-on off the bowling of seamer Petrus Jeftha.

EP lost their last five wickets for a mere 17 runs with Jeftha picking up three of them to finish with four for 49 in the innings.

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