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CSA 4-Day Domestic Series Final Round Day 1: Latest News and Match Day Reports

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram
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All the latest news and match reports from the Final Round of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series.

 

Momentum Multiply Titans v Imperial Lions – Titans on top

Dominic Hendricks single-handedly carried the Imperial Lions with a battling 99 but it was still not enough as the Momentum Multiply Titans enjoyed a much better opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series derby in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The left-hander struck 18 fours in his 151-ball innings as the hosts were bowled out for just 206 at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, with three wickets by Lizaad Williams leading the charge for the visitors.

The in-form Aiden Markram then hit an unbeaten 23 to help the Titans reach stumps on 45 for one – behind by 161.  

The men from north of the Jukskei currently lead Pool B and are favourites to reach next week’s final, with their prospects further enhanced thanks to their strong showing on day one of the final regular season game that saw them earn a full house of bowling bonus points.

After the already-eliminated Lions won the toss and batted, they would have been disappointed not to have occupied the crease for longer than the 66.3 overs they faced, especially after Hendricks was so solid from one end.

He was the key man throughout, helping the home side get to 100 for three during the first half of their innings when they lost Ryan Rickelton (14), Reeza Hendricks (8) and Rassie van der Dussen (6) cheaply.

Temba Bavuma (9) also fell for a single digit score, but the Lions still managed to get to a fair 155 for four at one stage. Hendricks, however, was then taken out by Okuhle Cele (2/41), opening the door for the Titans.

Captain Nicky van den Bergh (41) continued to carry his team forward, before he was run out by Williams, who then went on to mop up the tail with figures of three for 54, handing the away side the initiative. Dayyaan Galiem ended with two for 28.

Kagiso Rabada (1/16) claimed the prize wicket of new national Test captain Dean Elgar for two, but Markram and Neil Brand (9) took the Titans to the close without further damage.

 

VKB Knights v Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras - VKB Knights’ prospects of Final place blown

Tshepo Moreki and Nandre Burger claimed four wickets apiece before an unbeaten half-century by Pieter Malan dealt a major blow to the VKB Knights’ prospects of reaching the 4-Day Domestic Series final following a difficult day one against the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Tuesday.

After winning the toss and batting at Sig Gun Grill Newlands, the visitors were bowled out for just 181 as Moreki claimed four for 54 and fellow seamer Burger grabbed four for 64.

Opener Malan then struck 51 off 96 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) to ensure that the home side completed a strong day in control on 84 for one, trailing by only 97.

It was a bitter blow to the Central Franchise, who narrowly topped Pool A from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins heading into the final round of round robin fixtures. They will now need to bounce back strongly on day two to keep alive their chances of reaching next week’s five-day final.

For the Cobras, their start to the game raised hopes of a first win of what has been a winless campaign thus far.

Their bowlers impressed from the outset after reducing the Knights to 36 for four inside the first 13 overs – Jason Smith (2/19) claiming two of those wickets, along with Burger and Moreki, who removed the free-scoring Jacques Snyman for 26.

Patrick Kruger (24) then helped rebuild as the visitors progressed to 82, before another flurry of wickets saw them slump to 112 for eight.

Amongst those to fall during that collapse was top-scorer Raynard van Tonder (47). Duan Jansen (23) and Alfred Mothoa (34) at least helped their side by putting on 46 for the ninth wicket, but they were all out in 63.4 overs.

Jansen (1/17) then claimed the early wicket of Isma-eel Gafieldien (2), before Malan and Zubayr Hamza (29*) put on 73 to take the Cobras to stumps in control.

 

Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors - Dolphins in charge

Eathan Bosch lead a clinical bowling display by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins as they enjoyed a storming start to their crucial 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors at St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Tuesday. 

The all-rounder claimed three wickets for just 18 runs on the first day of the game in the Eastern Cape, helping the visitors blow away the hosts for a paltry 124, before then responding to reach 67 for two when bad light ended proceedings early.  

The Dolphins are chasing victory in the game to give themselves the best possible chance to overhaul the VKB Knights at the summit of Pool A and qualify for next week’s final. 

And they did a fine job of that thanks to an impressive opening day.  

After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, they needed just 41.5 overs to dismiss the home side. 

Kerwin Mungroo (2/26) removed openers Gihahn Cloete (5) and Eddie Moore (15) inside the first 10 overs, before Bosch claimed the scalps of Yaseen Vallie (4) and Wihan Lubbe (16) either side of Ruan de Swardt (2/24) taking out Sinethemba Qeshile for a duck. 

That left the Warriors on 81 for five just after lunch. Things only got worse from there as the set Rudi Second (33) became Bosch’s third victim of a fine 13-over outing that also included five maidens. 

Keshav Maharaj with two for nine then helped mop up the tail – the poor performance of the home batsmen ending their outside hopes of challenging for top-spot in Pool B, currently lead by the Momentum Multiply Titans.  

The Dolphins did lose Sarel Erwee (4) and Keegan Petersen (14) in the reply, but an unbeaten 34 by Senuran Muthusamy ensured the KwaZulu-Natal side were in control at the close. 

  

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