CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series Round 5 - Results, Scores and Match Reports - Day 4
All the results, scores and match reports from day 4, Round 5, of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Franchise Series.
SMUTS TAKES THREE AS WARRIORS BEAT COBRAS IN PE
The Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras’ search for an elusive first 4-Day Domestic Series victory of the season continued after they fell to an 80-run defeat to the Warriors on the final day of their clash in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
Jon-Jon Smuts proved to be the most successful bowler for a disciplined home attack, grabbing three for 47 as the visitors were dismissed for 184 chasing 265 for victory at St George’s Park.
There were also two wickets each for Glenton Stuurman (2/38), Basheer Walters (2/36) and Mthiwekhaya Nabe (2/26) – their strikes playing a vital role in the Eastern Cape franchise landing a second win of the term to go with their three defeats.
For the Cobras, whose top-scorer was Janneman Malan (65 off 143 balls, 8 fours, 1 six), it was a fifth match without victory in a campaign that has seen them now lose twice and draw three of their other games.
In fact, Ashwell Prince’s side have not won a first-class match since 23 January 2019 when they beat the Momentum Multiply Titans in Oudtshoorn. They failed to win a single game last season.
They entered the final day in PE with a realistic chance of triumphing after resuming on 82 for three, 183 short of their target.
They had two big players in the middle too in Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne, but five runs into the morning and the in-form wicketkeeper was sent packing by Marco Jansen (1/34) for 11.
Malan then followed with the total on 115 after his first half century of the season in what was a real blow for the Cobras.
Aviwe Mgijima and George Linde (both 19) briefly stemmed the flow of wickets with a 28-run stand that was eventually broken by recent Proteas call-up Stuurman.
The tail was then quickly wrapped up by the Warriors leaving their opponents all out in 73.1 overs.
VON BERG, JANSEN BOWL KNIGHTS TO VICTORY
Shaun von Berg and Duan Jansen shared eight wickets as the VKB Knights made it three home wins from three to move back to the top of the 4-Day Domestic Series table with a thumping nine-wicket win over the Imperial Lions in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
Debutant Jansen nabbed four for 44 and spinner Von Berg toiled for his four for 68, which gave him nine wickets in the match. The eight wickets taken by the pair ultimately deflated the defending champions for 227 on the final day.
The in-form Dominic Hendricks was the only batsmen to really trouble the home side, but his resistance ended when he was last man out for 98 (205 balls, 11 fours), falling to fast bowler Jansen.
That left the Central Franchise with a paltry target of 18 and they reached that mark in six overs for the loss of Grant Mokoena (8).
It gave Allan Donald’s team a third home win out of three to go with twin losses on the road as they climbed top of their pool.
The Lions started the final day at Mangaung Oval comfortably placed on 43 for two, even though they were still 167 runs behind.
Hendricks and Ryan Rickelton (46) started well by putting on 99 for the third wicket and in the process whittling down the deficit to just over 50.
But after the latter fell to Von Berg, the Knights jumped onto the opening that was offered as Migael Pretorius, who earlier in the day received his maiden call up to the Proteas squad for their upcoming Betway Test Series against Sri Lanka, accounted for Wiaan Mulder (7) cheaply.
Delano Potgieter (12) and Bjorn Fortuin (4) were next in line for spinner Von Berg as the away side suddenly found themselves on 183 for six and still in arrears.
Dominic Hendricks finally found someone to keep out the bowlers at the other end in the form of Beuran Hendricks (18), who he added 36 alongside for the seventh wicket.
But once he fell to Jansen, the other tailenders folded.
Matthew Kleinveldt (8) and Raynard van Tonder (2) then wasted little time to help the Knights complete a comprehensive win.
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