CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series Round 5 - Results, Scores and Match Reports - Day 1
All the results, scores and match reports from day 1, of Round 5, in the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.
Warriors vs Cape Cobras, Pool A
LINDE TAKES FOUR BUT WARRIORS FIGHT
George Linde inspired the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras on his return to 4-Day Domestic Series action with four wickets as they claimed first day honours in their clash against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The slow left-armer, one of the stand-out players for the Proteas during their recent Twenty20 International assignment against England, claimed four for 52 in 19 overs to help bowl out the hosts for just 194.
Seamers Calvin Savage (2/23) and Akhona Mnyaka (2/34) were also amongst the wickets, with Rudi Second top-scoring for the home side by recording 55 (99 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).
Three early wickets then left the away side in trouble on 32 for three, but Pieter Malan (35) and Kyle Verreynne (21) helped them hit back to reach the close on 72 for three – 122 runs behind.
On a busy opening day at St George’s Park, the home side won the toss and batted, but they were asked plenty of questions by the bowlers on their way to being dismissed in 64 overs.
Mnyaka’s twin strike early saw the Warriors slump to 26 for three, before they were bailed out by Second and Jon-Jon Smuts (36), who put on 79 during their fourth wicket partnership.
After both fell to Savage, Sinethemba Qeshile (29) and Lesiba Ngoepe (31) added 57 for the sixth wicket to take the Eastern Cape franchise to a far more respectable 175 for five.
However, Linde ran through the tail during a collapse of five for 19 leaving the Cobras on top at the changeover.
Glenton Stuurman (2/9) then helped the Warriors storm back with two early wickets, added by another for Basheer Walters (1/9).
But the unbroken 40-run stand between Verreynne and Malan rebuilt for the Cobras and took them to the close in a much healthier position.
Titans vs Dolphins, Cross Pool
DE SWARDT FOUR-FOR GIVES DOLPHINS EDGE IN CENTURION
There were more runs from Aiden Markram while Dean Elgar returned to form but the Momentum Multiply Titans were kept in check by a disciplined Hollywoodbets Dolphins attack on the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Centurion on Sunday.
The hosts reached stumps on 269 for nine at SuperSport Park, despite their openers both hitting half-centuries in a strong opening stand that was worth 116. This after captain Theunis de Bruyn won the toss and opted to bat first.
However, Ruan de Swardt (4/41) and Keshav Maharaj (4/48) shared seven wickets to help the visitors claw their way back in the top-of-the-table round five clash.
Markram was named in the Proteas squad this past week on the back of a superb start to the campaign, which had seen him score three hundreds in his previous three innings, and he followed that up by top-scoring with 75 (150 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes).
Elgar, who struggled in the last two games after his strong start to the term, supported his team-mate well with 52 (83 balls, 8 fours).
However, after both fell, the Titans struggled as they slipped to 206 for six with De Swardt proving the chief tormenter against his former franchise thanks to his career-best figures.
Dayyaan Galiem did launch a later counter-attack with 45 not out off 48 balls to at least help his side cross the 250 mark.
Maharaj’s late double swayed things back in favour of the Dolphins, though, as they ended the day in the ascendency.
Knights vs Lions, Pool B
VAN TONDER HITS TON ON DOMINANT DAY IN BLOEM
Raynard van Tonder continued his strong start to the 2020/21 4-Day Domestic Series season with a fourth career century that helped the VKB Knights dominate the opening day of their clash against the Imperial Lions in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
The young right-hander amassed an unbeaten 180 (226 balls, 23 fours, 2 sixes) at the Mangaung Oval where the hosts went to stumps on 327 for six after winning the toss and batting.
Van Tonder was man alone, though, as the next best contribution came via Matthew Kleinveldt’s 28.
However, last season’s top-scorer demonstrated why he is one of South Africa’s brightest talents with another superb display for his team.
Kleinveldt and fellow opener Grant Mokoena (26) put on 46 for the opening wicket, before the former was dismissed by Malusi Siboto (1/51).
That brought Van Tonder to the middle and he was there for the remainder of the day.
The 22-year-old dropped anchor as others around him fell regularly. He put on 47 with Pite van Biljon (12), 55 with Patrick Kruger (25) and most significantly 111 with Shaun von Berg (21) for wicket number six.
He was still there by the close, with debutant Ferisco Adams (11) unbeaten alongside him. Lutho Sipamla (2/43) and Tladi Bokako (2/61) collected two wickets each for the Lions.
Van Tonder had also moved top of the run-scoring charts with 582 runs in his ninth innings of the season.
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