Border (cricket team)

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Border is the team representing the Border region in domestic first-class cricket in South Africa. The team began playing in March 1898.

When Cricket South Africa introduced the franchise system in 2004, Border merged with Eastern Province to form the Warriors.


  • Currie Cup (0) -  ; shared (0) -
  • Standard Bank Cup (0) -
  • South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge (0) -
  • South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge (0) -

Club history

Border have usually been one of the weaker teams in South Africa. From their initial first-class match in 1897-98 until the end of the 2017-18 season they had played 584 matches, resulting in 173 wins, 241 losses, one tie, and 169 draws.[1] Border hold the record for the lowest aggregate score by a first class side in a match. During a Currie Cup match against Natal at Jan Smuts Ground in 1959-60, Border scored only 34 runs in the match - 16 in the first innings and 18 in the second innings.[2][3]

In November 2017, Marco Marais scored 300 not out from 191 deliveries, batting for Border against Eastern Province in the 2017–18 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup.[4] This was the fastest triple century in first-class cricket, the ninth triple century in first-class cricket in South Africa and the first in the country since 2010.[5]


Venues have included:


Contracted players for the 2018/19 season:[6]

Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Mkhululi Calana South Africa (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 26) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Marco Marais South Africa (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Jerry Nqolo South Africa (1991-07-23) 23 July 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium Captain
Somila Seyibokwe South Africa (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm medium
Mncedisi Malika South Africa (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997 (age 21) Left-handed
Malwande Zamo South Africa (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Spin Bowlers
Bongolwethu Makeleni South Africa (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm leg break
Jason Niemand South Africa (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998 (age 20) Right-handed Right arm off break
Seam Bowlers
Clayton Bosch South Africa (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium
Phaphama Fojela South Africa (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Bamanye Xenxe South Africa (1997-05-25) 25 May 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm Fast


  1. ^ "Playing Record". CricketArchive. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ Frindall, Bill, “Wisden Book of Cricket Records”, 4th edition, Headline Publishing, London, 1998
  3. ^ "Currie Cup, 1959/60, Border v Natal". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Pool A, Sunfoil 3-Day Cup at East London, Nov 23-25 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Marco Marais smashes the fastest triple ton in first-class cricket". CricTracker. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Border in spin on Koopman loss". Daily Dispatch. 26 July 2018. p. 24.

Further reading

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions

External links

  • Border at CricketArchive
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