Thami Tsolekile scored a speedy half-century to lift Nashua Western Province Boland to 129 for eight in their Standard Bank Pro20 Series match against the Goodyear Eagles.
Thami Tsolekile scored a speedy half-century to lift Nashua Western Province Boland to 129 for eight in their Standard Bank Pro20 Series match against the Goodyear Eagles in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The Western Province Boland top-order was blown away into the flat Free State countryside as wickets rained down more often than runs at the start of the match.
Eagles left-armer Cliffie Deacon created havoc with his considerable movement both through the air and off the pitch, taking three for 16 in a great opening spell that reduced the visitors to an ugly 10 for four.
The evening dew and the new ball meant conditions were not easy for the batsmen and Western Province Boland were indebted to their captain for his cool head in a crisis. Tsolekile needed 40 deliveries for his fifty, while you also have to admire Paul Adams for his plucky 17 not out off 13 balls at the death.
With their national players away, Western Province Boland havenít got the most awesome of batting line-ups, but Renier Munnik (17) and William Hantam (15) also got stuck in in assisting their captain.
While Deacon was the pick of the Eagles bowlers, the efforts of Johan van der Wath (two for 20) and Craig Thyssen (two for 19) were also impressive.