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Eastern Province poised for Pool D victory in Africa T20 Cup

Eastern Province got one foot into the finals weekend of the Africa T20 Cup after they beat hosts Boland by 6 wickets with 7 balls to spare at Boland Park on Saturday to become the only unbeaten team in Pool D.

They are also the only team in control of their own destiny going into the final round of matches on Sunday. If they beat KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow then there is nothing any of the other teams can do to stop them. If they do come unstuck then both Boland and Gauteng would come into the picture when they play one another. A victory for Gauteng would then see them reach the finals weekend following their bonus point win today but Boland would have to win with a bonus point to get through as Eastern Province’s victory over Boland today takes precedence over run rate.

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Bonus point win puts Gauteng back into contention in Africa T20 Cup

Gauteng put Friday’s narrow defeat against Eastern Province behind them and totally outplayed KwaZulu-Natal for an eight-wicket bonus point victory on the second day of the Africa T20 Cup Pool D play-offs.

The result puts Gauteng right back into contention with 5 points and they will almost certainly be hoping for a Boland win over Eastern Province in this afternoon’s late match. Such a result would put the hosts on 8 points and turn Sunday’s final match between Boland and Gauteng into a pool decider. If Eastern Province win today then Gauteng will be looking to KZN to do them a favour.

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Adams, Botha clinch nail-biter for Boland in Africa T20 Cup

Ferisco Adams played the cameo innings of his life to get Boland across the line with two balls to spare for a four-wicket victory over KwaZulu-Natal in the second Pool D match in the Africa T20 Cup at Paarl on Friday.

It brought the curtain down on an excellent first day which produced two victories that went down to the wire with Eastern Province first beating Gauteng by three runs before the home side won their match. 

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Smuts ton gets Eastern Province across the line in Africa T20 Cup

Jon-Jon Smuts scored his first century in the shortest format  and the first in the Africa T20 Cup as he led Eastern Province to a nail-biting three-run victory over Gauteng in the opening Pool D match at Boland Park on Friday.

Although Smuts’ century (103 not out off 63 balls, 6 fours and 5 sixes) was the individual highlight, it was a magnificent game of cricket with almost 400 runs being scored in the 40 overs bowled. 

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Glenn McGrath: "Don't ever think you are at the top of your ability"

Popular Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) became a rage across the country as soon as they were introduced, but controversies soon followed. Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath says the new format is not spoiling cricketers, but warns budding sportsmen against gloating over their success.

"I don't feel it (IPL or BBL-Big Bash League) is spoiling budding cricketers. I think the important thing for budding cricketers is to always put in 100 per cent - to continue to be your best, work hard, don't ever think you are at the top of your ability, you can always improve," McGrath told IANS in an email interview. 

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Simon Khomari counting on home advantage in Africa T20 Cup

Boland batsman Simon Khomari is counting on “home advantage” to benefit his team during this weekend’s Pool D matches at the Africa T20 Cup at Boland Park.

The former South Africa Under-19 left-hander moved to the winelands at the beginning of last season from Bloemfontein, and has made an immediate impression down in the Western Cape. A franchise debut for the Buildnat Cape Cobras came calling and the 24-year-old can now look forward to another season playing at the highest level of domestic cricket.

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Mohale seeks further Northern Cape improvement in Africa T20 Cup

Young seamer Kagisho Mohale says Northern Cape will be seeking to get even better when the Africa T20 Cup semi-finals come along after they emerged top of the pile from Pool B hosted in Oudtshoorn over the past weekend.

The 22-year-old delivered a career-best showing in their final match against Kenya to clinch qualification, claiming figures of 5/19 from 4 overs as the men from Kimberley sealed an emphatic 97-run win.

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Rasemene stars as Northerns defend modest total in Africa T20 Cup

Northerns successfully defended a modest total of 133 to beat Canon South Western Districts by nine runs in the final match of Pool B at the Africa T20 Cup at the Oudtshoorn Recreation Ground on Sunday.

This result means that Northerns claim the runners-up spot behind Northern Cape.

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Northern Cape clinch Pool B honours in Africa T20 Cup

Northern Cape clinched Pool B of the Africa T20 Cup in the most convincing style imaginable when they thrashed Kenya by 97 runs in their final qualifying match at the Oudtshoorn Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Their winning margin gave them a bonus point victory and put them on top of the log with 11 points and an unbeaten record. Kenya finished on four and the final pool match this afternoon between defending champions Northerns and hosts Canon South Western Districts will decide who finishes as runners-up in the pool. Northerns currently have four points and SWD two.

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