Western Province (WP) won the toss and elected to bat first.
Fast bowler Jan Frylinck took his first wicket when he dismissed opener Matthew Kleinveldt (9) in the 8th over and further dismissed WP captain Pieter Malan (25) in the 12 over.
Hamza came in and showed very little respect for NC bowlers scoring a solid 156 runs in 179 balls (23 fours and 5 sixes) with a strike rate of 87.15 before falling into the hands of medium bowler, Paul Kruger. He and Jason Smith (77) constructed a 295-run fifth wicket partnership to take their side past the 290 mark.
George Linde was unbeaten on 52 runs off 50 balls when Captain Pieter Malan called for a declaration of innings with the score on 367 for 7 in 85 overs in the first innings.
With the ball still new, Pieter Malan’s strategic move to bring off-breaker Dane Piedt in the fifth over of NC’s innings paid off as the spinner dismissed opener Letlotlo Sesele for 16 in the second ball of his first over before the umpires called for stumps two overs later.
At close of play, NC are 29 for 1 in seven overs. They trail by 338 runs with 9 wickets in the 1st innings.
WP: Matthew Kleinveldt, Pieter Malan (cpt & w/k), Lesiba Ngoepe, Zubayr Hamza, Sybrandt Engelbrecht, Jason Smith, George Linde, Brandon Young, Dane Piedt, Brian Shushu, Mpilo Njoloza.
NC: Letlotlo Sesele, Janse van Rensburg, Warren Bell, Aubrey Swanepoel (cpt), Giovanni Joseph, Patrick Kruger, Zakir Kathrada (w/k), Jandre Coetzee, Jan Frylinck, Kagiso Mohale, Mbulelo Budaza.
Umpires : Gerrie Pienaar and Jeff Wolhuter
Reserve Umpire: Marlon Jansen
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