HOST province Boland made an excellent start to the national under-13 cricket week at Paarl when they beat Eastern Province by six runs on the first innings.
Tight finishes were a feature of the first day with Griquas just failing to hold out for a draw against Easterns and Border having their last pair at the crease when time was called against KwaZulu-Natal.
There were no centuries recorded with Oelof Kotze’s innings of 78 for North West in a drawn encounter against Northerns being the top score of the day followed by Bradley Jackson (77 for Northerns) and Daniel du Plessis (70 for Boland).
There were several five-wicket hauls with David Blenkinsop (6/25 for Mpumalanga) and Dian de Bruyn (6/14 for Free State) having the best returns.
There will be a second round of declaration matches on Tuesday before the tournament switches to a limited overs format.
Free State beat Limpopo on the first innings: Free State 211/9 (L Machalotse 63, G Sperschott 62, L Visagie 3/33) and 5/0; Limpopo 75 (D de Bruyn 6/14)
Zimbabwe beat Western Province on the first innings: Western Province 167 (K Tayob 32, M Madhonbiso 5/68, T Harrison 4/45); Zimbabwe 182/6 (R Chimhinya 61 not out)
Mpumalanga beat SWD on the first innings: SWD 82 (T Ackerman 38, D Blenkinsop 6/25) and 43/1; Mpumalanga 128/9 (N Carstens 36)
Northerns drew with North West: Northerns 229/5 (B Jackson 77, T Motaung 51 not out); North West 154/3 (O Kotze 78)
KZN drew with Border: KZN 236 (N Kershaw 55, C Jairaj 51 not out); Border 219/9 (I Smith 46, J Brown 3/48, C Jairaj 2/27)
Easterns beat Griquas on the first innings: Easterns 226/8 (M Pillay 46, D Wessels 46); Griquas 182 (J Edwards 52)
Boland beat Eastern Province on the first innings: Eastern Province 141 (D Rushmere 46, L Kloppers 5/20, K Dreyden 2/11) and 37/1; Boland 147 (D du Plessis 70, R Baatjies 5/16, S Callaghan 3/24)
Gauteng beat KZN Inland on the first innings: KZN Inland 73 (A Ramdin 26, C Meier 4/21, A Visser 2/1) and 22/4; Gauteng 160/6 (M Erasmus 58 not out)