WP had resumed on the second morning on 50 for two in their first innings and Michael Pote and Yaseen Vallie remained positive in the crease to produce a third wicket partnership of 111 before a double strike by Shaheen Khan set them back. Vallie’s 58 was what the visitors needed to avoid the follow on.
Gauteng had a first innings’ lead of 181 when they dismissed WP for 198, compliments of Junior Dala and Grahame Hume who took four and three wickets respectively.
The hosts made an encouraging start of their second innings, with Stephen Cook (61) and Dominic Hendricks (31) adding 60 for the first wicket before Nathan Swartz ended what seemed to be a menacing partnership.
Shane Burger (34) and Richard das Neves (20) also chipped in with the bat to stretch the lead past the 350 mark before another double strike this time by Matthew Kleinvedt to force captain das Neves to declare their second innings on 177 for six, leading by 358 runs.
WP started their second innings scruffily when they lost Gomes (0) and Pote (0) in one over to Shaheen Khan. At one stage, they were 0 for two wickets. Kleinveldt (2*) and Vallie (21*) took the visitors to 25 for two at close of play, they require another 334 runs to win with 8 wickets remaining.