CSA 4-Day Domestic Series Final Round Day 2: Latest News and Match Day Reports
All the latest news and match reports from the Final Round of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series.
Khaya Zondo’s 12th career first-class century handed the Hollywoodbets Dolphins a big advantage after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors at St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Wednesday.
The right-hander struck a flowing 111 off 156 balls (15 fours, 3 sixes) as the visitors replied to the hosts’ woeful first-innings total of 124 with 358.
That gave them a lead of 234 at the changeover, before an attacking opening stand of 88 between Eddie Moore and Gihahn Cloete helped the Eastern Cape franchise hit back to reach stumps trailing by 146.
It was a worrying end to the day for the Dolphins as they search for victory which will guarantee them a place in next week’s final.
They started the morning on 67 for two and were initially bogged down despite Senuran Muthusamy’s 52 off 122 balls (7 fours).
Both he and overnight partner Marques Ackerman (19) fell to the pace of Stefan Tait (2/74), before Ruan de Swardt (10), Eathan Bosch (21) and Mangaliso Mosehle (4) all departed in quick succession as the Dolphins faltered at 194/7.
It left the visitors in danger of failing to capitalise on their early match advantage.
However, Zondo found a foil in the in-form Keshav Maharaj (66 off 86 balls, 10 fours) as the pair added 132 for the eighth wicket.
Daryn Dupavillon (23* off 21 balls) then ensured there was a strong finish for the Dolphins as they claimed a huge lead.
Apart from Tait, there were also two wickets each for Tshepo Ntuli (2/72), Mthiwekhaya Nabe (2/77), Ayabulela Gqamane (2/46) and Marco Jansen (2/67).
Moore (42*) and Cloete (39*) then enjoyed a promising 22 overs together to help their side finish the day strongly.
Aiden Markram managed to fend off the threat posed by Kagiso Rabada and help the Momentum Multiply Titans end a rain-affected day two of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Imperial Lions with the advantage in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The Proteas batsman was unbeaten on 85 (165 balls, 13 fours) when stumps were drawn early, with Rabada in equally hot form with the ball after bagging four for 32 in 18 mainly excellent overs.
Markram’s effort – his sixth 50 plus score this season of which four have been hundreds – helped the visitors reach the halfway stage of the game on 169 for five, just 37 behind the 206 all out that the hosts managed on day one.
The only disappointment of the day was the weather, which meant that just 43.2 overs were sent down on the second day of the Jukskei derby at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.
After their fine showing with the ball, the Titans had started proceedings in the driving seat as they finally resumed following a delayed start on 45 for one.
But the relentless Rabada did not allow them to escape as he grabbed two early wickets, first accounting for Neil Brand (18), brilliantly caught and bowled, before dismissing Heinrich Klaasen for two.
That left the away side on 64 for three.
The returning Quinton de Kock managed 18 during a fourth-wicket partnership of 40 with Markram, before he too succumbed, this time to the bowling of Lutho Sipamla (1/34).
Sibonelo Makhanya (23) then added 56 alongside the South Africa opener to put the Titans firmly in control. However, Rabada captured his fourth wicket when he got rid of the former leaving the score on 160 for five.
Dayyaan Galiem (seven) managed to hold firm alongside Markram until more rain ended proceedings early.
Pieter Malan’s magnificent unbeaten 195 helped the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras batsmen put the VKB Knights to the sword on the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Zubayr Hamza also struck 86 (184 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes) and Kyle Verreynne was not out on 74 (158 balls, 8 fours) as the hosts amassed 382 for three at Six Gun Grill Newlands to lead by 201 at halfway.
The visitors, who need to win the game in order to give themselves the best chance of reaching next week’s competition final, managed just two wickets all day, one from Patrick Kruger (1/28) and one for Shaun von Berg (1/75).
But they otherwise toiled in the face of the home batsmen, who were led impeccably by Malan as he completed his 34th career century and was closing in on a double ton.
The right-hander faced 391 balls, struck 20 fours and three sixes in an innings that has so far lasted more than eight hours.
He put on 219 with Hamza, who fell 14 runs short of his century.
Tony de Zorzi was the only man to be dismissed cheaply, out for eight to the spin of Von Berg.
It was 243 for three at that stage, before an unbroken 139-run fourth wicket partnership strengthened the Cobras’ grip on the game.
Coach Ashwell Prince’s side are without a win in all six previous matches this season and aiming to end the campaign strongly.
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