CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series – Round 1 Latest News and Match Updates – Day 3
Latest News and Match Updates from day three of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.
Momentum Multiply Titans v Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras
An unbeaten half-century by Theunis de Bruyn was carrying the hopes of the Momentum Multiply Titans as their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras was finely balanced after day three was concluded in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The right-hander was unbeaten on 63 (108 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) and had received good support from fellow Proteas Dean Elgar (58 off 90 balls, 9 fours) and Aiden Markram (48) that allowed the visitors to reach stumps on 195 for three chasing 316.
It was also a good day for Kyle Verreynne after he earlier recorded a patient 85 (187 balls, 11 fours) to help the home side post 201 in their second innings.
Tabraiz Shamsi was the star with the ball for the Titans after bagging four for 79.
The Cobras had started the third day of their round one fixture at Six Gun Grill Newlands on 121 for five and looking to build on their lead.
Wicketkeeper Verreynne, 50 overnight, was their mainstay as he tried to hold things together.
His initial support came from George Linde (26) as they carried their side past the 150 mark, before Okuhle Cele (1/26) broke the stand.
Corbin Bosch (13) helped take Ashwell Prince’s side into the 180s at six down, but Shamsi then knocked over the tail, leaving a tall order for the Titans.
However, fresh from his first-innings ton, Elgar provided the away side another assured start as he and Markram put on 105 for the opening wicket.
Ziyaad Abrahams (1/21) broke the partnership and Linde (2/66) then claimed the prise wicket of Elgar with the total on 121.
But De Bruyn knuckled down and put on 72 for the next wicket with Heinrich Klaasen (25), who fell shortly before the close to leave the game on the edge heading into the final day.
Hollywood Dolphins v Imperial Lions
Big centuries by Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen in a record venue partnership helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins close in on victory over the defending champions Imperial Lions after three days of the 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Durban on Wednesday.
The pair put on a brilliant exhibition of batting, amassing 344 runs together for the second wicket at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium to help the hosts pile up 458 for three in response to the visitors’ 258 all out on day two – a lead of 200.
Three wickets by Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj then left the 2019/20 winners limping to stumps on 75 for three, needing 125 to make the Dolphins bat again.
It completed a wonderful all-round day for the home side and in particular their centurions Erwee and Petersen. Their second-wicket partnership was the highest for any wicket at the famous venue, topping the 316 stand between Mark Bruyns and Errol Stewart for KwaZulu-Natal against Boland way back in 1998/99.
Opener Erwee fell a single run short of a double century when he fell for his highest franchise score of 199 (282 balls, 25 fours, 1 six).
Debutant Petersen, meanwhile, completed his 16th first-class ton and was eventually dismissed for 173 (363 balls, 16 fours, 1 six).
The pair started the day together with their side on 189 for one and by the time they were separated by Dwaine Pretorius (1/44), the Dolphins were already well ahead in the game.
Captain Marques Ackerman came in next and hit an attacking 52 not out off 65 balls (6 fours), while Maharaj plundered 17 off 13 balls that allowed the hosts to declare on the stroke of tea.
Maharaj then opened the bowling in reply and he stuck regularly in his 17 overs leaving the Lions in a hole.
Dominic Hendricks (12), Rassie van der Dussen (10) and Reeza Hendricks (38) all fell victim to South Africa’s premier Test spinner as the home side went to stumps strongly place.
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