Free State stayed on top of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Domestic First-Class Three-Day competition log despite their 189-run loss to South Western Districts (SWD) in the latest round of matches this past weekend.
Waldo Lategan scored 112 from 191 balls to lead the hosts to 319/9 in the first innings after they won the toss and chose to bat first in Oudtshoorn. Glen Addicott and Ross McMillan also added 63 and 48 respectively.
Free State fared poorly in their response. Ryan Bailey top scored with 61 in the first innings and added 37 more in the second to help Free State to totals of 146 and 198 respectively. This came after SWD's Addicott and Piet Stuurman added 72 and 57 respectively in their second innings to post 214/7.
Free State are now only three points ahead of SWD on the log with 122.36 points.
Three centuries in the Northerns' match against Boland saw the former come out on top and win by four wickets at Paarl. Although both teams only played a single innings, it was still a high scoring match that saw the hosts post 343/6. Ryan Canning scored an unbeaten 121 runs, while Emile Kriek and Uwe Birkenstock chipped in with 65 and 58 respectively.
Northerns' first innings was forfeited and so was Boland's second innings, but the visitors made 346/6 due to centuries from Graeme van Buuren (140) and Heinrich Klaasen (116*) and a half-century by Francois le Clus (54) to achieve victory.
In Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province (EP) drew their match against Easterns, despite Lesiba Ngoepe's first inning century (134) for the latter, while Border drew against Griqualand West in East London.
In the next round of matches, Western Province take on Easterns, while KwaZulu-Natal go up against Namibia. Free State will look to keep their top spot when they face off against Border as Gauteng , who are currently third in the log, take on EP. North West will go up against KwaZulu-Natal Inland to round off the weekend's matches.