Border (cricket team)

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 (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993Left-handedRight arm medium-fast
Marco Marais (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993Right-handedRight arm medium-fast
Jerry Nqolo (1991-07-23) 23 July 1991Right-handedRight arm mediumCaptain
Somila Seyibokwe (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987Right-handedRight arm medium
Mncedisi Malika (1997-06-12) 12 June 1997Left-handed
Malwande Zamo (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997Right-handedRight arm fast-medium
Spin Bowlers
Bongolwethu Makeleni (1994-02-05) 5 February 1994Right-handedRight arm leg break
Jason Niemand (1998-11-30) 30 November 1998Right-handedRight arm off break
Seam Bowlers
Clayton Bosch (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992Right-handedRight arm medium
Phaphama Fojela (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984Right-handedRight arm medium-fast
Bamanye Xenxe (1997-05-25) 25 May 1997Right-handedRight 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
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