• Smith’s rampage destroys Border

    Western Province thumped Border by an innings thanks to Jason Smith’s 10 wicket-haul. The all-rounder bagged himself Friday’s Turbo Bowler award after his brilliance with the ball at Newlands, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    Smith ended Western Province’s CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup campaign with a rampant 10-wicket match against Border to secure a thumping victory at Newlands. The all-rounder walked off with two match balls as he bagged a fifer in each innings that saw the home side win by a comfortable innings and 20-run margin within two days.

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    The right-arm paceman wreaked havoc on Border’s top and lower-middle order during both of the visitors’ innings in Cape Town. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the men from the Eastern Cape could only manage 106 all out after a poor display with the bat. Smith did most of the damage with the ball by picking up 5-26 in nine overs.

    Western Province responded with 267 runs to give the home side a 161-run lead at the halfway point of the contest. Opener Matthew Kleinveldt (83) was the pick of the batsmen before Phaphama Fojela (4-59) worked some of his magic with the ball.

    Smith also played his part with the bat with a contribution of 31 runs off 41 balls (6×4) before losing his wicket when veteran paceman Basheer Walters (3-59) rearranged his furniture.

    Smith returned to torture Border with the ball in their second innings, walking away with 5-27 in his 12 overs at an economy of 2.25. Border’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mncedisi Malika – who was dismissed by Smith for a golden duck in the first innings – fought valiantly for his top score of 55, but soon saw himself castled once again by Smith after reaching the half-century mark.

    Smith’s excellent bowling exhibition saw Western Province romp home by an innings and 20 runs in Cape Town with a day to spare. His match figures of 10-53 in 21 overs (econ 2.52) are also his career-best bowling figures in first-class cricket.

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    The two sides will also bring their limited-overs cricket campaign to an end on Saturday when they meet for the final fixture of their CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge 2018-19 season. The match was moved ahead by one day due to the early conclusion of the three-day fixture.


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