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CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series Round 3 - Latest News, Scores and Match Reports - Day 3

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram
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All the latest news, scores and match reports from Day 3 of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.

 

ANOTHER MARKRAM TON GIVES TITANS HOPE

Aiden Markram’s second century in the match played a pivotal role and helped the Momentum Multiply Titans stay in the fight after the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the Warriors in Centurion on Wednesday.

The Proteas batsman followed his 149 in the first innings with an equally important 121 (193 balls, 14 fours) that ensured his side were still batting at the close, which they reached at 265 for seven.

That gave them a lead of 193, but also left the visitors knowing that they had every chance of a victory push if they can claim the three remaining wickets early on the final day.

The opportunity was set up by another all-round showing with Sinethemba Qeshile first doing the business with the bat, followed by Marco Jansen and part-time spinner Lesiba Ngoepe delivering with the ball.

The former managed to add 72 with the tail at the start of the day, before eventually falling three runs short of what would have been a deserved century at SuperSport Park.

He was dismissed for 97 (175 balls, 11 fours) after initially putting on 40 with Jansen (24) for the seventh wicket. Fifteen by Mthiwekhaya Nabe also helped the Warriors’ course, while Qeshile was finally the last man out with his side 72 ahead.

Okuhle Cele ended as the pick of the home bowlers with four for 88.

Jansen, who returned three for 48, then struck some crucial early blows to leave the Titans on 33 for three, before Sibonelo Makhanya (23) initially helped Markram pull them out of trouble.

Rivaldo Moonsamy’s 43 continued the rebuilding job during a 95-run stand with Markram for the sixth wicket, but both fell to pick-of-the-bowlers Ngoepe (3/25) before the close.

Dayyaan Galiem (20) then held up the Warriors before the close leaving the match finely poised heading into day four.

 

HENDRICKS AND RICHARDS LEAD LIONS CHARGE

 

A fixture record opening stand between Dominic Hendricks and Joshua Richards put the Imperial Lions on track for a first win of the 4-Day Domestic Series season after they reached stumps on 166 for none against the VKB Knights in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Left-hander Hendricks was unbeaten on 80 (138 balls, 11 fours) and right-handed rookie Richards, playing just his seventh franchise game, was with him on 82 (120 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) as the reigning champions came out firing in their final innings.

They were chasing down a target of 334 at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium where the visitors, who have won both their matches so far this season, had dominated for large parts of the game.

But day three undoubtedly belonged to Wandile Gwavu’s side after they made excellent gains – having been behind at the start when the Central Franchise resumed on 111 for one.

Delano Potgieter (4/41) and Wiaan Mulder (3/48) shared seven wickets to ensure the next nine wickets fell for only 124.

Jonathan Vandiar finished as the top-scorer in the second innings for the Knights with 68 (108 balls, 11 fours), while Raynard van Tonder scored 47 – the pair having shared 106 for the second wicket.

But it all went wrong from there as Mulder and Potgieter made merry. The only other batsmen to reach double figures in the innings were Andries Gouws (32) and Grant Mokoena (28) as the away side were bowled out for 235.

The Lions then batted for 43 overs without losing a wicket as Richards and Hendricks took them to within 168 runs of victory.

Their opening stand also bettered the previous fixture record of 146, which they themselves made at the same venue last season.

 

MUTHUSAMY SHINES AS DOLPHINS MAINTAIN COBRAS CONTROL

 

Senuran Muthusamy starred with the ball and then played an important role with the bat as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins stayed in control over the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Durban on Wednesday.

The Proteas all-rounder first claimed four wickets to help the hosts dismiss the visitors for 312, before sharing an unbroken 55-run stand with Sarel Erwee as they took their side to the close 132 runs ahead.

But with just a day to go, and wet weather threatening it, the KwaZulu-Natal side still have plenty to do to force a result on day four.

They nonetheless did well to progress the game on a largely overcast third day at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium.

The Cobras had started proceedings on 71 for one in response to the Dolphins’ 389 for eight declared with Pieter Malan (37) and Zubayr Hamza (46) falling relatively early – Lifa Ntanzi, who finished with his best franchise return of three for 51 in his second game, taking out the former and Kerwin Mungroo (1/46) dismissing the latter.

Top-scorer Tony de Zorzi (58 off 117 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) played a key role in the recover, initially alongside Aviwe Mgijima (23) and then with Calvin Savage (37) with who he shared a 50 stand for the fifth wicket.

The tail then wagged for the Cobras thanks to Corbin Bosch (38), Dyllan Matthews (26) and Nandre Burger (18 not out) allowing the Cape side to end their first innings with a deficit of 77.

Muthusamy (21) and Erwee (29) then got through 15 overs before bad light ended play marginally early.

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