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CSA 4-Day Domestic Series: Round 7 Day 3 Round Up

Pite van Biljon - - VKB Knights
Pite van Biljon - VKB Knights
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Round Up of day 3 from the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series matches

De Zorzi leads Titans resistance

A third career century by Tony de Zorzi helped the Momentum Multiply Titans storm back and raise their prospects of salvaging a draw from their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The left-hander struck a fine 114 not out (225 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) and was supported perfectly by half centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (79 off 113 balls, 11 fours) and Farhaan Behardien (62 not out off 114 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) with the visitors closing day three on 271 for three.

That left them with a lead of 102 runs - a good turnaround considering the first innings difference between the sides was 169.

The Cobras had a career-best effort from George Linde to thank for getting them up to 456 after the all-rounder amassed an unbeaten 148 (185 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes).

The Cobras had resumed on 404 for six overnight at Newlands, Linde beginning on 121, but he ran out of partners as Ryan Cartwright finished with four for 87.

The Titans lost two early wickets in the form of Victor Mahlangu (10) and Theunis de Bruyn (0). The pair fell to successive Jason Smith (2/27) balls, but it was one-way traffic from there.

De Zorzi and Klaasen added 143 for the third wicket, followed by a 110-run stand that was unbroken for the next, giving the Titans an excellent chance of saving the game.

Knights build pressure on Warriors

Half-centuries by Andries Gous and Pite van Biljon followed by some hard-working bowling helped the VKB Knights close in on victory over the Warriors after the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in East London on Wednesday.

The home side went to stumps at Buffalo Park on 99 for three and still needing 122 to make the visitors bat again.

Captain Van Biljon lead the way with 59 (117 balls, 4 fours) and Gous also impresses with 73 (131 balls,11 fours, 1 six).

There was further support through Wandile Makwetu (48 not out) that enabled the Central Franchise to carry on from their 149 for three at the halfway point of the game to post a strong 362.

That was a lead of 221 and in a dominant position.

Lutho Sipamla ended as the pick of the bowlers with four for 76.

The Warriors went a long way towards improving on their woeful first innings 141 second time around thanks to two solid early stands.

First Matthew Breetzke (47 not out) and Eddie Moore (25) opened with a 43, before the former added 52 with Rudi Second (22) for wicket No. 3.

But the stand-in captain fell on the stroke of stumps leaving the advantage firmly with the Knights, whose wickets came from Corne Dry (1/25), Tshepo Ntuli (1/21) and Shaun von Berg (1/26)

Subrayen and Phehlukwayo put Dolphins in sight of win

Prenelan Subrayen and Andile Phehlukwayo claimed two wickets apiece as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins closed in on victory after three days of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the log-leading Imperial Lions in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

The pair claimed two for 28 and two for 15 respectively to help the hosts reduce their visitors to 98 for four by stumps.

This was in pursuit of a 430-run victory target laid down by the home side, who have dominated the defending champions throughout the clash at the City Oval.

On the third morning they needed to wrap up the Lions' first innings tail quickly, and they did that by taking the last two wickets for 25 runs as Daryn Dupavillon ended as the pick of the bowlers with four for 29.

Subrayen chipped in with three for 21 and the away side were all out for 147.

First-innings Dolphins centurion Sarel Erwee (50 off 114 balls, 6 fours) and Vaughn van Jaarsveld (50 off 59 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) then both hit half-centuries as the hosts searched for quick runs and got them too in reaching 195 for six declared second time around.

Those runs, added to the huge first innings advantage of 234, gave the Lions a big job and they initially did well to reach 43 for none.

But change bowlers Phelukwayo and Subrayen made the difference.

The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder got rid of openers Joshua Richards (24) and Dominic Hendricks (18) within the space of five deliveries, before Subrayen dismissed Reeza Hendricks (5) and Wihan Lubbe (1) to leave the visitors on 70 for four.

Temba Bavuma (37 not out) did stem the flow of wickets, although a big job remained on his hands if his side were to escape on the final day when 332 runs will be required for a win.

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