IT was a case of mismatch upon mismatch as once again the strong pounded the weak in Eastern Province Super A League club cricket matches this weekend.
A bloated top league of 20 sides has resulted in some seriously embarrassing results in the first two weeks of the new season.
Newcomers Northerns have yet to pass 100 in their two matches after they were rolled for 63 against Mecer NMMU1. Spinner Corbyn Dolley and Lionel Vaaltyn took nine wickets to rout Northerns.
That was the first of NMMU1's two nine-wicket wins as they went on to beat Uitenhage by the same margin yesterday.
Welcome were even worse when they were dismissed for a paltry 50, SA Home Loans Union fast bowler Rabie Kok doing the damage with an impressive six wickets for 11 runs.
It was Rabie's 150th Super League game for Union and it was one they won comfortably by six wickets.
Justin Heathcoate (133; 111 balls, 14x4, 3x6) and Ettienne Potgieter (102no; 76 balls, 10x4, 3x6) ensured Maritime Motors Old Grey scored a massive 380 for five against United, who only offered a pitiful 66 in return. Spinner Juan Harker took four wickets for nine runs.
Captain Riaan Jeggels made 120 off 105 balls with 11 sixes and seven fours as Heatherbank posted a target of 276.
Newly promoted KwaDwesi never came close, crashing to 93 all out, Eugene Barnard taking six for 30.
But the bowling performance of the weekend was reserved for Buco Uitenhage's Renaldo Olivier. The spinner accounted for seven of Northville's wickets, leading his team to a 47-run victory, despite their scoring a modest 161.
Eastern Province provincial team wicketkeeper Vernal Charles stroked 72 and Warren Bell claimed four wickets to help Gelvandale to a 45-run win over Gamrose in what was probably the tightest match of the weekend.
Dewald van Rooyen made 75 and then took four for 10 as Despatch beat Motherwell by 67 runs
Rotatrim PECC won their games against Rhodes and NMMU2. SWD batsman Christiaan Jonker scored an unbeaten 103 in the triumph over Rhodes.