EP thrash wayward Free State

Neale Emslie

EASTERN Province openers David White and Eddie Moore made sure a fine effort in the field was not wasted as they posted 84 in 23 overs en route to a seven-wicket win in their CSA one-day encounter against Free State at Union Cricket Club yesterday.

After the three-day game ended in a draw thanks to Saturday’s heavy rain, yesterday’s match was reduced to 43 overs after a weather-induced late start.

The visitors battled for boundaries and were able to score only 123 in their innings after being bowled out with three balls remaining.

White and Moore, who each made 40, did the bulk of the work for EP as they coasted home in the 34th over.

Sent in to bat in breezy, overcast conditions, the Free Staters never achieved any batting momentum and were not able to recover from losing their first three wickets for 10 runs in six overs.

Seamer Sisanda Magala (3/22) set the pattern of the innings by claiming two of those early wickets, the second being a superb catch above his head at mid-on by skipper Colin Ackermann.

The catch was a typical feature of the EP effort in the field, with both wicketkeeper Lee- Roy Walters and legspinner Lionel Vaaltyn pulling off fine catches to lift their bowlers’ spirits.

The attack never let things slip and Solo Nqweni, Kelly Smuts and Vaaltyn each picked up two wickets, while new-ball bowler Anrich Nortje (1/20 in nine overs) was equally impressive.

The home side suffered a smallish lapse when three wickets – Moore, White and Smuts – fell for the addition of 11 runs, but with 15 overs still remaining there was no cause for panic.

Ackermann and James Price duly completed the exercise, with Price striking a massive six over the sight screen and punching two offside fours to secure the victory with just more than nine overs remaining.

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