CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series Round 3 - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports - Day 1
All the latest news, scores and match reports from Day 1 of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.
Momentum Multiply Titans v Warriors
TITANS POWERED BY MARKRAM TON
Aiden Markram’s 12th career century was the stand-out performance of a shortened opening day between the Momentum Multiply Titans and Warriors in the 4-Day Domestic Series at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday.
The Proteas batsman was in stellar form and scored more than half of the 272 for six posted by the hosts in the 62 overs that were possible.
The 26-year-old eventually finished the day unbeaten on 149 off 189 balls (27 fours, 1 six) – in the process reminding South Africa of his undoubted talent.
He walked out with Dean Elgar to bat more than an hour later than the usual start time, that was affected by the weather, and lost his more senior partner early on – the accomplished Proteas opener falling to Mthiwekhaya Nabe (3/77) for 20.
One run later and Marco Jansen (2/58) accounted for the other in-form man Theunis de Bruyn for a first-ball duck leaving the home side on 32 for two.
Neil Brand made nine before he too went, Basheer Walters (1/57) with the strike at that stage as the score slipped to 66 for three.
Markram finally found an aid in Sibonelo Makhanya (26) with the pair adding 82 for the fourth wicket to help get their side going.
But the latter was cleaned up by Jansen, and when captain Grant Thomson (6) fell to pick of the bowlers Nabe shortly after, the Titans were in a bit of bother on 158 for five.
Fortunately, the dependable Markram remained and found another determined ally in Rivaldo Moonsamy (35).
They batted together for an hour and 19 minutes and put on 92 in quick time for the sixth wicket to pull their team back in control.
And even though Moonsamy fell before the close, the hosts were well-placed thanks to Markram.
Imperial Lions v VKB Knights
LIONS, KNIGHTS BATTLE HARD ON OPENING DAY
Sisanda Magala completed a 10th career five-for late on a see-saw opening day to help the Imperial Lions fight back against the VKB Knights in their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Johannesburg on Monday.
The seamer claimed five for 57, including two wickets from what proved to be the final deliveries of the day, as the visitors closed on 291 for nine at Imperial Wanderers Stadium.
That total in itself represented a remarkable recovery for Allan Donald’s charges, who at one stage had sunk to 74 for and looked to be headed for a far lower first-innings total after losing the toss and being put in to bat.
However, Grant Mokoena’s half-century (50 off 148 balls, 6 fours) and a career-best by Migael Pretorius (73 not out off 91 balls, 11 fours) did the bulk of the recovery, before Magala’s late wickets ensured the day ended finely poised.
The home side, without a win so far in the competition and minus a host of their star names due to national duty, made a bright start to the clash by striking regularly during the opening part of the day.
Jonathan Vandiar (18), Matthew Kleinveldt (26), Andries Gous (4) and Raynard van Tonder (8) were all dismissed in the opening 20.4 overs – Magala, Tladi Bokako (2/62) and Malusi Siboto (1/24) doing the early damage.
Farhaan Behardien (35) lead the initial recovery alongside Mokoena, but once he fell the Central Franchise were still in a huge hole at 121 for five.
But the tables turned dramatically from there.
Mokoena, playing his first game of the season, added 51 for the sixth wicket with stand-in captain Shaun von Berg (27), before a 67-run partnership with Pretorius, who went on to surpass his previous best franchise score of 62 that was recorded in the previous round.
The runs continued to flow via a blazing 27 off 31 balls from the fit-again Gerald Coetzee that took the Knights to the final over of play at 291 for seven.
But Magala then landed two crucial blows, taking out the fast bowler as well as Mbulelo Budaza from successive deliveries to even things up late on. The former Warriors man will be on a hat-trick when he takes the ball on the second morning.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras
STRONG START FOR DOLPHINS IN DURBAN
Half-centuries by Senuran Muthusamy, Marques Ackerman and Khaya Zondo helped lay a solid platform for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras in Durban on Monday.
The hosts reached 277 for five when bad light brought play to a close a little over five overs early at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium.
This after having lost the toss at the start of the round three encounter – something that did not have too much of an impact as their top-order batsmen still enjoyed a solid performance.
Proteas all-rounder Muthusamy, promoted to open in absence of in-form Grant Roelofsen, top-scored with a grinding 79 off 245 balls (12 fours, 1 six).
Captain Ackerman was also influential with his much more attacking 66 off 86 balls (10 fours), whilst Zondo was unbeaten at the close thanks to his fluent innings of 60 (121 balls, 7 fours, 1 six).
That capped a good day for the home side, who were looking to bounce back following a 227-run thumping in the previous round.
They began the day on the back foot, however, as the in-form Sarel Erwee as run out by Pieter Malan for 13 following a miscommunication with Muthusamy.
It was 13 for one at that stage and Keegan Petersen then walked in and provided a solid 32-run contribution in an exactly 50-run second wicket stand that ended with a flying Zubayr Hamza catch at slip off pick of the bowlers Calvin Savage (1/26).
The Dolphins largely dominated from there – Ackerman helping Muthusamy put on 99 for the third wicket – as the home side moved to 162 for two when the skipper fell to Aviwe Mgijima (1/33).
Another partnership in the 90s followed as Muthusamy and Zondo put on 92 together for the fourth wicket, before Nandre Burger (1/59) landed his first wicket
Roelofsen walked in next and did well to finally manage to get some runs following his wretched start to the season.
The Dolphins’ wicketkeeper reached 17 but was then out to Corbin Bosch (1/46) as the home side released some of the stronghold they had gained over the visitors.
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