CSA 4-Day Domestic Series: Round 7 Day 4 Match Round Ups

South Africa's Temba Bavuma in action
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Round Up from day 4 of the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series matches

De Zorzi double ton helps Titans secure a draw

A career-best double hundred by Tony de Zorzi helped the Momentum Multiply Titans thwart the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and salvage a final day draw from their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Cape Town on Thursday.

The left-hander batted for just under nine hours and amassed an excellent 213 not out, facing 351 balls and striking 30 fours as well as a six as his side turned their innings deficit of 159 into a target of 301.

They then claimed four wickets at a cost of 154 but the hosts batted out a draw at Newlands.

It was a result that helped neither side in their pursuit of log leaders the Imperial Lions, who lost to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to give the chasing pack hope.

But the Titans and Cobras could only cancel out each other with the pair earning just a solitary win between them after both completed their seventh round of fixtures this week.

There were plenty of positives for both, though, and none bigger than De Zorzi’s display for Mandla Mashimbyi’s side.

He started day four unbeaten on 114 and extended his overnight partnership with Farhaan Behardien (92 off 172 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) to a fine 192 for the fourth wicket.

De Zorzi then put on 117 for the fifth wicket alongside Dayyaan Galiem (53 off 78 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes) before the declaration came with the score on 470 for five.

That left the Cobras a target of just over 300 and they found themselves in trouble early when Matthew Kleinveldt, (16), Simon Khomari (1) and Janneman Malan (16) were all sent packing with just 45 on the board – Ryan Cartwright (2/35) doing the early damage.

But Kyle Verreynne (72 off 100 balls, 14 fours) and Jason Smith (27) managed to steady the ship with a 57-run fourth-wicket stand that took the home side past 100.

Even though the all-rounder then fell, Aviwe Mgijima (19 not out) helped his young wicketkeeping team-mate take them to a draw.

Piedt proud of Cobras players stepping up to Proteas level

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Captain Dane Piedt expressed his delight at yet another Cobras player making their Test debut this season.

George Linde made his Test debut during the disappointing tour of India whilst Pieter Malan made his long-awaited Test debut in the second Test at his home ground Newlands against England. Dane Paterson became the latest representative from the Western Cape franchise to make his Test debut when he lined up for the Standard Bank Proteas for the third Test against England in Port Elizabeth.

Piedt, speaking after their 4 Day Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans ended in a disappointing draw for the home side, said, “It’s extremely good that we have 4 out of the 11 Proteas players coming from the Cobras, guys who really deserve their opportunities.” 

“Vern has been there for over 60 Test matches and basically looks after himself in terms of selection, but guys like Zubayr, Pieter and Pato have really done the hard yards for us over the years. I’m really happy for Pato, he’s been on a journey, lost his contract at the Dolphins, came back to the Cobras, worked on a semi-pro contract and worked his way back up the ranks at the Cobras. He’s gone on to take over 200 franchise wickets from over 50 matches for the Cobras, I’m just really happy for how he has gone,” he added.

“A lot has been made of Pieter and his rise to opening the batting for the Proteas and he has done hard work to get there. It’s just down to performances at the end of the day and if they can consistently do it they will be around there for a long time, but from a personal point of view, I’m just extremely happy to have Cobras players representing the Country. We are a very proud franchise with a wonderful history of producing Proteas players over the years and long may that continue,” he concluded.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras take on the Warriors in East London in the next 4 Day Series match starting on Monday. Round 8 will be the final round of fixtures before the start of the Momentum One Day Cup. The remaining two rounds of fixtures will take place after the conclusion of the Momentum One Day Cup at the end of March.


Bavuma hits career best 180 before running out of support

A classy career-best 180 by Temba Bavuma was not enough to prevent the top-of-the-table Imperial Lions from suffering an upset 130-run defeat to the bottom-of-the-table Hollywoodbets Dolphins late on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday. 

The Standard Bank Proteas batsman was last man out after battling hard to save his side by facing 282 balls and striking 24 fours along the way. His previous highest score was 162.

In the end a lack of support proved to be the downfall of the defending champions, whose scorecard included a next best score of just 25 by Nono Pongolo.

The key man for the home side was Prenelan Subrayen with his fourth career five-for after he finished with figures of five for 105 in 42 overs, with Senuran Muthusamy collecting two for 92.

The visitors had started day four on 98 for four chasing a mighty 430.

All credit to Bavuma, however, for not surrendering without a fight. The diminutive right-hander extended his overnight partnership with Ryan Rickelton (24) to 93 for the fifth wicket, before adding 99 with Pongolo for the eighth wicket.

But his 15th first-class ton lacked further support and he eventually fell late in the day to Muthusamy, handing the home side a second successive win.

Van Schalkwyk and Von Berg seal priceless Knights win

 

Shadley van Schalkwyk and Shaun von Berg shared seven wickets as the VKB Knights reignited their 4-Day Domestic Series title prospects by toppling the second-placed Warriors in a 10-wicket win on the final day of their game in East London on Thursday.

The pair claimed four for 28 and three for 83 respectively, overshadowing a battling maiden century by rising young star Matthew Breetzke in the process to secure a priceless victory at Buffalo Park.

And, with the Imperial Lions losing to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, the result did leave the door open for those chasing like the two teams in action in the Eastern Cape.

The hosts, though, without star pair of captain Jon-Jon Smuts and Sisanda Magala due to a national fitness camp, did miss their chance.

They were always going to be in trouble after managing only 141 in their first innings and they resumed day four on the back foot already at 99 for three.

That became 116 for four when spinner Von Berg cleaned up Sinethemba Qeshile for two.

Breetzke, who made 109 off 251 balls (13 fours) to complete a first ton in four-day cricket, finally found a decent partner in Lesiba Ngoepe (35) as the pair added 66 for the fifth wicket, before the same bowler again struck to remove the latter.

Wickets then fell regularly after seamer Van Schalkwyk found his groove, and even though the big 221 innings difference was erased, the home side only managed to get into a 42-run lead.

That was hardly a challenge for Grant Mokoena (23) and Raynard van Tonder (21) as they knocked off the runs in 5.3 overs to seal a big win.

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