Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up - Day 3
Malan and Kleinveldt tons put Cobras level with Dolphins
Janneman Malan and Matthew Kleinveldt both struck centuries and shared in a double century stand as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras hit back powerfully on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
The pair put on 221 for the second wicket as they visitors responded to the hosts’ 325 for nine declared by reaching stumps on 325 for three.
It meant they were dead even on scores and, although still in a strong position, the weather-affected round three match appeared to be headed towards a draw with just the final day to come at the City Oval on Thursday.
With well over 100 overs already lost on account of rain and bad light in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands this week, the Dolphins opted to end their first innings overnight on day two.
But they needed to force early wickets to try and take the game forward. However, the only wickets they got were at either end of play.
Captain Pieter Malan fell in the fifth over of the day to give them hope – Robbie Frylinck (1/57) trapping the recent 10,000 first-class man leg before wicket for five.
But it was then one-way traffic in favour of the visitors with Malan and Kleinveldt sharing a punishing stand that lasted a little over 60 overs.
Right-hander Malan went on to complete his 10th red-ball century, before left-hander Kleinveldt followed for his maiden ton in four-day cricket and 11th overall.
The partnership finally broke moments before a post-tea rain delay when the former fell to Smangaliso Nhlebela (1/56) for an excellent 118 off 199 balls (14 fours, 2 sixes).
The teams then returned after a half-hour delay with Jason Smith (14) bowled by Andile Phehlukwayo (1/29) not long after.
However, Kleinveldt kept going and by the close had progressed to 137 not out off 281 balls (19 fours).
The in-form Kyle Verreynne (31) was alongside him with the pair sharing an unbroken stand of 65.
Thomson ton keeps Warriors lead in check
A maiden franchise century by new captain Grant Thomson ensured the Momentum Multiply Titans hit back well on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
The right-hander made 101 (193 balls, 14 fours, 1 six) – to nearly double his previous best score of 53 at four-day level – before a late counter-attack by the hosts gave them the advantage at the close in the Eastern Cape.
Thomson’s knock, which yielded his 10th first-class ton, helped the log-leaders reply to the Warriors’ 364 for nine declared with 343, before Eddie Moore and Matthew Breetzke hit unbeaten half-centuries to ensure their side held all the aces at 160 runs ahead going into day four.
Before that, though, the day belonged to the Titans, who started out on 140 for three and progressed well with their captain in the middle.
The all-rounder dropped anchor and first extended his partnership with Farhaan Behardien (39) to 56, before a strike each by Andrew Birch (3/71) and Glenton Stuurman (1/72) left Mark Boucher’s side in trouble on 168 for five.
But Chris Morris (46), playing his first match of 2019/20, helped his skipper add 115 for the sixth wicket. That lifted the Titans up to 283 for five.
Pick-of-the-bowlers Jon-Jon Smuts (4/66) tucked into the tail, although a quick salvo of 33 from 35 deliveries by Matthew Arnold at least ensured that the innings deficit was cut to 21 at the changeover.
Moore (55 off 91 balls, 8 fours) and Breetzke (68 not out off 133 balls, 10 fours) then offered their side a strong start, before the former was dismissed by Neil Brand (1/34).
But Yaseen Vallie (seven) helped the set man take their side to the close on 139 for one at St George’s Park.
Lions take control in Kimberley
Migael Pretorius and Malusi Siboto shared six wickets to help the Imperial Lions move into an imperious position after day three of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the VKB Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday.
The pair struck some timely blows at the Diamond Oval that ensured their side went to the change of innings with a lead of 143, which was then extended to 232 by the close thanks to an unbeaten 44-run fourth-wicket stand between Dominic Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen.
Pretorius claimed three for 66 and Siboto three for 65 – the Central Franchise initially dismissed for 325.
The Knights had plenty of starts but failed to make the most of them and in the end were reliant on rookie fast bowler Gerald Coetzee (48 not out) for getting them to as close as they did.
They started day three batting on 173 for three and fell into early trouble when Pretorius took out both overnight men, Patrick Kruger (21) and Pite van Biljon (48).
In between that, Siboto accounted for Andries Gous for nought, before Coetzee, coupled with Shaun von Berg (34) ensured their side were still in the game despite being dismissed close to 150 runs in arrears.
And they appeared to be clawing their way back when the defending champion Lions were reduced to 45 for three in the 17th over thanks to a wicket each for Coetzee (1/20), Thando Mnyaka (1/13) and Von Berg (1/31).
However, Standard Bank Proteas batsman Van der Dussen struck 26 and Hendricks a patient 33 that took their side to the close on 89 for three.
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