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Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series Day Two Update

Eurolux Boland Park

Round up of day two of the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series

Moore’s maiden double century dominates in Durban

Eddie Moore recorded the highest individual score of the 4-Day Domestic Series season and his maiden double century before the Warriors’ bowlers drove home their advantage on a dominant day two against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Durban on Friday.

The left-hander, who had already beaten his previous best franchise score of 151 on day one, went even better by reaching his highest-ever first-class score of 228 (341 balls, 15 fours, 6 sixes) as the visitors piled on a massive 513 all out and then reduced the hosts to 157 for six at stumps.

That meant the Eastern Cape side were still a mammoth 356 ahead of the competition’s bottom side and in a strong position to push for a result over the weekend.

They have dominated the round five fixture in almost in its entirety with Moore at the heart of their effort.

The opener, resuming on 152 overnight, batted for over nine hours as he surpassed his previous best score of 227 not out for Eastern Province against Gauteng last season.

His score also beat Pite van Biljon’s 218 for the VKB Knights against the Dolphins in Bloemfontein.

Moore and Kelly Smuts, who made 76 off 87 balls (10 fours, 1 six), put on 155 for the sixth wicket, having resumed on 348 for five at the start of play.

The Dolphins finally struck when pick of the bowlers Prenelan Subrayen (4/110) accounted for the latter, but Jade de Klerk (45) helped drive his side past 500 and with a big psychological advantage at the changeover.

Sisanda Magala (1/16) landed an early blow with the ball by taking out Sarel Erwee (3), before Grant Roelofsen (24) and stand-in captain Marques Ackerman – the top-scorer with 77 (82 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) – began the recovery.

While they were in, they took their side to 50 for one and then 127 for three, but three wickets by Jon-Jon Smuts (3/40) and two by De Klerk (2/44) ensured there was only one team in the driving seat when stumps were drawn early due to bad light on the east coast.



Eldred Hawken marks Imperial Lions debut with 5fer against his former team

Eldred Hawken marked his Imperial Lions debut with five wickets against his former team, the Momentum Multiply Titans, to help them dominate the Jukskei derby with a commanding day two showing in Johannesburg on Friday.

The right-arm quick grabbed five for 39 as the visitors were dismissed for a paltry 121 in response to the hosts’ 301.

That meant an innings lead of 180, which was then stretched to 360 by the close, which the defending champions reached at 180 for six.

Captain Nicky van den Bergh led the way for the Lions with his 52 (104 balls, 8 fours) on a day his side rubber-stamped their authority on the game.

Having dismissed the home side on the stroke of stumps the day before, the Titans began their first bat in the game at the start of play, but it turned out to be a nightmare display as they succumbed for their fourth-lowest score in the fixture.

Hawken took out three of the top five, including captain Heinrich Klaasen for a top score of 40, as well as Aiden Markram (1) and away captain Grant Thomson (8) either side of that.

There was also an impressive two for five by Shaylen Pillay that ensured the Titans were demolished in 35 overs.

Joshua Richards (46) and Dominic Hendricks (23) offered the log-leading Lions an assured start second time of asking with a 68-run opening stand, before Thomson (2/30) pegged the hosts back drastically at 111 for five.

But Van den Bergh, Pillay (23) and the unbeaten Delano Potgieter (24) put their side in pole position at the halfway stage of the game.

Jason Smith and Lizaad Williams star for World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as they take charge

Jason Smith and Lizaad Williams starred for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as they took charge of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the VKB Knights after two days of action in Paarl on Friday.

The hosts, who resumed day two on 266 for three, went on to post 442 for eight declared, before then reducing the visitors to 135 for six at stumps – still 307 runs ahead at Eurolux Boland Park.

All-rounder Smith led the way with an excellent 85 (151 balls, 9 fours) and also a wicket at the cost of 22, while stand-in captain Williams grabbed three for 39 on a good day for Ashwell Prince’s side, who are seeking a first win of the campaign.

They began the second day with David Bedingham and Smith together, with the former adding five more to his overnight 132 before falling to Corne Dry (3/91) for 137 (179 balls, 16 fours, 2 sixes) – his highest franchise-level score.

But there was no respite for the Knights as Smith picked up the mantle by posting his highest score of 2019/20 in a stand of 82 with Qaasim Adams (43).

When the key man eventually fell, the Cobras opted to declare their innings after just over 108 overs.

The Central Franchise then fell into all sorts of trouble as Williams ripped through their top order.

Their stand-in skipper Grant Mokoena (0) last just four balls, while Obus Pienaar (5) and Raynard van Tonder (7) all fell cheaply, leaving them on 29 for three.

Andries Gous (43) and Patrick Kruger (34) helped get them going with a stand of 61, but Smith broke the partnership to spark another mini collapse.

That was stemmed by Wandile Makwetu (27 not out) as the Knights got to stumps still needing plenty to do in the second half of the game.


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