South Africa Domestic: CSA Provincial Three-Day Challenge - Eastern Province v KwaZulu-Natal – 1st Day’s Update

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Eastern Province 164 v KwaZulu-Natal 175/4 (46.0 ov) - KwaZulu-Natal lead by 11 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
On Thursday, January 05, 2012 KwaZulu-Natal took a lead of 11 runs with six wickets in hand in their first innings in the CSA Provincial Three-Day Challenge against Eastern Province at Union Ground, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.
After winning the toss, Eastern Province, chose to bat first in a bid to post a heavy total against KwaZulu-Natal.
However, their plan backfired when they lost their first wicket with only 22 runs on the board as opener David White was dismissed on 11 runs off the bowling of KwaZulu-Natal’s ace bowler Brendon Scullard.
Disaster struck when on 22 runs the side lost their second wicket, as opener fell after playing a knock of nine runs on a delivery bowled by pacer Chad Fortune.
With two wickets down for only 22 runs on the board, the batting side were in a spot of bother and needed to get out of the debacle as soon as possible to avoid a first innings meltdown.
Skipper,, then halted the bowling onslaught for a while as he hammered a knock of 16 runs, followed by a commendable show by Colin Ackermann and Vernall Charles as the batsmen smashed 21 and 25 runs.
However, it was the resounding innings of 52 runs by all-rounder,, which actually helped his side post 164 runs before the team was bowled-out in 50.1 overs.
From KwaZulu-Natal, pacer Brendon Scullard wrecked havoc on the opposition as he nabbed five wickets in the first innings, leaving Eastern Province in disarray.
Coming out to bat in their first innings, KwaZulu-Natal did not have a great start to their innings as they lost their first wicket with only 18 runs on the board, when opener took a walk back to the pavilion after scoring a meagre innings of eight runs.
Meanwhile, the rest of the batsmen showed character as they scored in their 30s, however, the batting performance from wicketkeeper, on 34 runs. 



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