• Bird off to solid start on day of four debuts

    KwaZulu-Natal Coastal and Western Province both blooded two first-class debutants, with SA Schools star Jonathan Bird scoring 42 of his side’s first 65 runs in his first-class cricket debut during the first day of CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup action.

    Western Province 168-7 (I Dikgale 56, Bird 42, GF Linde 27 not out; Y Komanzi 4-31, O Cele 2-37)
    KwaZulu-Natal Still to bat
    Western Province won the toss and elected to bat


    North West 122 (CJ Alexander 51, K Cotani 24 not out; J van Dyk 2-35, B Swanepoel 3-29, RK Terblanche 3-5, J Draai 2-22)
    Free State 36-1 (H Olivier 45, K Mogotsi 74; M Jansen 2-36)
    Free State lead by 12 runs with 7 first-innings wickets in hand


    Photo: Cricket South Africa

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