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CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series – Round 1 Latest News and Match Updates – Day 2

Dolphins dominate with the bat, Cobras curb the Titans, while the Warriors wilt in Bloemfontein.
Dolphins dominate with the bat, Cobras curb the Titans, while the Warriors wilt in Bloemfontein.

Latest News and Match Updates from day two of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.

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Dolphins v Lions – Erwee Century gives Dolphins the edge over Lions


An eighth career first-class century by Sarel Erwee drove the Hollywoodbets Dolphins into a powerful position at the halfway stage of their season-opening 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Imperial Lions in Durban on Tuesday.

The left-hander stroked 123 off 146 balls (19 fours) and was still there at stumps, which his side reached at 189 for one.

He shared in a fine unbroken 188-run partnership with debutant Keegan Petersen, who was not out on a patient 59 (158 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) at the other end as the hosts reduced the innings deficit to just 69 by the close.

This after another new face Ottniel Baartman had earlier returned outstanding figures of four for 41 to help bowl over the reigning champions for just 258.

Wandile Gwavu’s side had started the second day in a solid position of 152 for three after the entire morning was lost on day one on account of heavy weekend rain. But they managed to add just 106 for the remaining seven wickets.

Captain Temba Bavuma, unbeaten overnight, fell relatively early to Baartman for 43, with Nicky van den Bergh (one) also falling to the same former VKB Knights bowler not long after.

Dwaine Pretorius (10) fell to Kerwin Mungroo (2/37), before Bjorn Fortuin (2) and Sisanda Magala (0) were sent on their way by Keshav Maharaj (1/84).

However, Ryan Rickelton, who was the other man that held his wicket at the end of the first day, found a little support through Aaron Phangiso (12) and Beuran Hendricks (14 not out), helping the Lions at least get past 250.

But Rickelton was eventually last man out for 60 off 154 balls (3 fours) – the two-time defending champions all out in 89.1 overs.

The Dolphins suffered a big blow when they lost one of their stars of last season, Grant Roelofsen for a second-ball duck to Beuran Hendricks (1/42) with the score on one.

But they dominated from there thanks to Petersen and Erwee and held all the aces heading into the second half of the game.


VKB Knights v Warriors – Snyman amongst the wickets as well in Bloemfontein


Jacques Snyman followed his flying century on the first day of the 4-Day Domestic Series campaign on Monday with three wickets on day two as the VKB Knights took complete control of their season-opener against the Warriors in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old claimed three for 29 and shared seven wickets with Shaun von Berg (4/54) to roll over the visitors for 158 at the Mangaung Oval.

That was in reply to the Knights’ first innings 430 for six declared, which included Snyman’s world-wind record franchise century. The home side also returned to bat late in the day when they reached 26 without loss – a mammoth overall lead of 298.

The hosts batted for only nine overs at the start of the day, moving from their overnight score of 405 for five to 430 before the declaration, which came shortly after Farhaan Behardien was dismissed for 75 (119 balls, 11 fours, 1 six).

Marco Jansen claimed that wicket for figures of three for 86 in 22 overs.

The Warriors, who lost a number of players before the game due to Covid-19, began their innings well enough by reaching 79 for one.

This after overcoming the early loss of Gihahn Cloete (five) to Migael Pretorius (2/13). Eddie Moore (28) and Matthew Breetzke (43) were responsible for the recovery with their stand that was worth 71 for the second wicket.

But things went terribly wrong from there for the men from the Eastern Cape as two quick wickets at the hands of Von Berg and Alfred Mothoa (1/23) left the score on 79 for three.

Von Berg then stuck into the middle order, before fellow spinner Snyman let his off-breaks do the talking with the tail, leaving the Warriors all out in 74 overs. Rudi Second finished unbeaten on 35.

Snyman (10) and Matthew Kleinveldt (15) then negotiated nine overs to take their side to the close in complete control.


Momentum Multiply Titans v Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras – Elgar century keeps Titans in the game

A key century by Dean Elgar prevented the Momentum Multiply Titans from being completely overpowered although they faced an uphill battle against a George Linde-inspired Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras after two days of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Proteas opener Elgar recorded a fighting 101 (143 balls, 15 fours) at Six Gun Grill Newlands where the rest of his teammates froze and managed to contribute less than a third of the runs in a total of 150 all out.

That was in reply to the Cobras’ first-innings 264 for nine declared, with the home side then reaching stumps on 121 for five – an overall lead of 235 at the halfway stage of the game.

It was Elgar’s 42nd career century, but his team was still in deep trouble after they failed to deal mainly with Linde’s spin, the slow left-armer nabbing five for 65, which was his 12th career five-for.

The Centurion-based outfit had started day two on four for one after losing Aiden Markram on the opening evening, but they started day two nicely as Elgar found a foil in nightwatchman Junior Dala (18).

The pair took their side to 81 for one, before the wheels came off dramatically thanks to Linde and Tshepo Moreki (3/24).

Elgar did manage to resist in that period, going to his 20th franchise ton and also crossing the 14,000-run mark at first-class level during his innings.

He was eventually last man out to Moreki, with the rest of his team having contributed 49.

In reply, Lizaad Williams was excellent for the Titans grabbing two for 10 in 10 overs, but an unbeaten 50 (87 balls, 7 fours) from Kyle Verreynne, together with 35 by Janneman Malan and 25 from Onke Nyaku ensured the Cobras were well-placed ahead of day three.

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