Dosti-United and Quick Haag pulled further ahead at the top of the table with wins over HCC and ACC, whilst Excelsior-VOC fall victim to the weather and VRA to Stephan Myburgh.
Dosti-United made light work of HCC at Drieburg, Robbie Frylinck ripping through the top order, taking 4 wickets for just 7 runs in his 7 overs to go clear at the top of the wicket-taking table on 23 for the season. Mahesh Hans gave just one more away as he bagged four of his own, with Ahsan Malik also bagging a brace as HCC were skittled for 48 in 29.1 overs.
The chase got off to a stuttering start, with Rahil Ahmed, both Tewarie brothers and Colin Ackermann going cheaply, but Hans Stiann van Zyl and saw the defending champions home to a 6-wicket win in 16.2 overs.
The unexpected monsoon that has plagued the south of the country this past week ensured that no play was possible at Thurlede, where Excelsior '20 had been slated to take on VOC, but fellow Schiedammers Hermes' away match at VRA suffered no such problems. The hosts won the toss and invited Hermes to bat, no doubt hoping to take advantage of tricy, seaming conditions early, but couldn't dislodge Stephan Myburgh. The season's leading run-scorer made them pay for the failure, carryng the bat to make an unbeaten 141. Nick Statham's 41 was the only other significant contribution however, and having restricted Hermes to 220-8 the VRA will have been happy enough going to lunch.
The feeling wouldn't last long however, as openers Ruben van den Burg and Sachin Peiris both fell in the space of three overs. Eric Szwarczynski's dismissal in the 12th, caught behind off Henrico Venter for 11, put the visitors well on top and VRA never regained the advantage. EMile van den Burg and Quirijn Gunning showed some fight down the order, hitting 34 and 33 respectively, but the hosts remained on the back foot as wickets continued to fall, eventually bowled out for 176.
Meanwhile Quick Haag kept pace at the top with a comfortable win over ACC at Nieuw Hanenburg. Having won the toss and elected to bat, Lesley Stokkers and and Bob van Gigch put on a steady 30 for the first wicket, but Quick found themselves on the back foot when JP de Villiers removed both openers in rapid succession. Tim Gruijters steadied the innings however, and with support from Geert Mol put on another 110 runs to take the hosts as far as 143 before de Villiers bagged his third, dismissing Mol caught-and-bowled for 31. Gruijters pressed on with the middle order, adding another 28 with Wesley Barresi, but was the last of a cluster of three wickets to fall in the space fo 8 runs, bowled by Usman Malik for 73 before a brisk 26-run partnership between Ryan Cartwight and Henk Mol saw the total to 205-6 at the break.
The ACC reply never really got going, despite Asad Zulfiqar playing an anchor role with 40 from the top of the order nobody stayed with him for long. After he was caught off Asief Hoseinbaks, fifth man out with the score on 105 things went rapidly south for the visitors, the last five wickets falling for just 34 runs as ACC fell 66 runs short.