The visitors were sent in to bowl first after losing the toss. Jason Smith did not give the SWD batters any chance to build solid partnerships. He came in and rocked the entire batting order in a 12 over spell of attacking bowling that produced five wickets for 26 runs. His first Five-for in the competition. SWD were at one stage 36/9 before tail ender Dillan Moos (32) came in and put up a 10th wicket partnership of 48 runs with Joshua Pieter (27) to help their side put up a mere first innings total of 84 runs.
After losing the first wicket of Keagan Smith in the second over to Richard Maree, Zubayr Hamza who fell just three runs short of what would have been a well deserved maiden century and Jack Newby quickly recovered WP’s innings when they put together a second wicket partnership of 141 runs before Newby was dismissed for 81. Jason Smith’s undefeated 53 assisted his side to get over the 300 mark before captain Hamza decided to declare on 303 for 6, leaving them with a first innings lead of 219 runs.
With only fours left for the day, WP opening bowlers Jason Smith and Gregory Oliver took full advantage of the light when they took one wicket a-piece to dismiss SWD’s opening pair Van der Horst and Spies to end the day’s play with SWD founding themselves in trouble once again with 7 for 2 trailing by 212 runs with 8 wickets remaining.
WP: Keagan Smith, Jack Newby, Zybayr Hamza, David Bedingham, Jason Smith, Clyde Fortuin, Ishmael Evans, Dawood Christians, Gregory Oliver, Alex Mather and Bryan Vorster
SWD: Luther van der Horst, Lornell Spies, Bjorn-Ray Rossouw, Ruan Stander, Juan Heunis, Christopher Marrow, Stephan Gouws, Joshua Pieters, Arno Moolman, Richard Moolman and Dillan Moos.