CSA 4-Day Domestic Series: Round 8 - Day 1 Round Up
Round Up from day 1 of the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series matches from Round 8.
Erwee ton highlights patient day for Dolphins
Match Summary - Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights Day One
Dolphins 1st Inn 207/4 (S Erwee 112* S Makhanya 44)
A seventh first-class century from Hollywoodbets Dolphins opening batsman Sarel Erwee helped his side negotiate a day of attrition as the VKB Knights probed throughout the day to see the hosts finish on 207 for four at the close of day one on Monday.
The Dolphins won the toss under overcast skies and batted first. The decision might have been seen as an error when they found themselves 22 for two with Grant Roelofsen and Marques Ackerman back in the change room.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld then helped Erwee steady the ship as the experienced pair put together a measured partnership of 32 in just over twenty overs against some tight bowling from the Bloemfontein side.
Van Jaarsveld fell to a delivery that held in the pitch and was caught at cover for twenty as the Dolphins found themselves in a potentially tricky situation on 54 for three.
Sibz Makhanya, who has just returned from injury, joined Erwee at the wicket and looked assured throughout his stay in the middle.
He was also patient and scored a well-constructed 44 from 114 balls before nicking a Partick Kruger delivery to Shaun von Berg at gully.
The partnership between Erwee and Makhanya was worth 104 from 39 overs as they batted the entire middle session of the day.
At the loss of Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy joined Erwee and the pair took their side to stumps.
Their stand is unbroken on 49 going into day two with Erwee not out on 112 and Muthusamy not out on twenty.
Speaking after his marathon knock, Erwee mentioned that the wicket dictated how they had to play.
"That is probably the slowest wicket I have played on here at Kingsmead," the left-hander said. "The Knights were clever in how they bowled and were bowling cutters really early on in the day.
"Even the new ball this afternoon was taking some turn so that might play into our hands going forward.
"I think anything over 280 in the first innings will be good and then we can dictate how we want to the game to go from there."
Erwee's hundred came from 246 deliveries and included nine fours as he followed up a century and a fifty last week in Pietermaritzburg with his seventh first class ton.
Seamers make it Warriors day
Seamers Tian Koekemoer, Basheer Walters and Andrew Birch claimed two wickets each as the Warriors made a strong start to their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in East London on Monday.
Only one of the visiting batsmen managed to cross 40, with the men from the Mother City limping to an early stumps on 241 for eight at Buffalo Park.
Bad light meant that the full quota of overs was not possible with just 79 overs sent down and that was more than enough for the home side to take control of the contest.
This was after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in a match where they were again without regular captain Jon-Jon Smuts and Sisanda Magala due to national duty.
However, unlike last week where they made a poor start to the game against the VKB Knights, which proved detrimental in defeat, they were much better out of the blocks.
Birch (2/46) struck twice in the first session to leave the visitors on 69 for three.
One of his wickets was top-scorer David Bedingham (41), with Walters (2/43) also keeping things tight from the other end.
Koekemoer (2/43) then got into the action after lunch when he dismissed Kyle Verreynne (34) and George Linde (23) – the Cobras slipping to 158 for six.
Bowlers Lizaad Williams (35) and Nandre Burger (18) did go some way towards bringing respectability to the scorecard with a 58-run ninth-wicket stand, but the day still belonged to the Warriors.
Titans stun Lions on opening day of derby
Marcello Piedt led a brilliant bowling display by the Momentum Multiply Titans as they cut down the log-leading Imperial Lions on the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series derby in Centurion on Monday.
The right-arm seamer sent down an impeccable 10 overs in which he claimed two for 17 – four of which were maidens – to help his side dismiss their cross Jukskei rivals for 168.
All the bowlers shone for the home side, with Theunis de Bruyn’s unbeaten 63 (96 balls, 10 fours) then driving home the advantage as the hosts closed on 109 for three at SuperSport Park, 59 runs behind.
That capped a wonderful day for the men from the capital, and another difficult one for the defending champions, who went into the game on the back of an upset defeat at the bottom-of-the-table Hollywoodbets Dolphins last week.
They won the toss and opted to bat first but were blown away in just 52.5 overs.
Piedt led the way with his double, while there were also two wickets each for Ryan Cartwright (2/42) and captain Grant Thomson (2/22).
The most successful bowler was Hardus Viljoen after he bagged three for 51.
The Lions had slumped to 71 for seven before being rescued by top-scorer Migael Pretorius (32).
Fellow bowlers Nono Pongolo (24) and Malusi Siboto (22) also saved them from total annihilation in a woeful display.
The Titans lost an early wicket when Tony de Zorzi (11) fell in the sixth over, but De Bruyn and Victor Mahlangu (23) pulled them out of danger to complete a dominant day for the Titans.
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