CSA 4-Day Domestic Series: Round 8 - Day 2 Round Up
Round Up from day 2 of the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series matches from Round 8.
De Bruyn ton heaps pressure on Lions
Theunis de Bruyn’s 13th first-class century helped the Momentum Multiply Titans move into a powerful position at the halfway stage of their 4-Day Domestic Series Jukskei derby against the log-leading Imperial Lions at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday.
The Standard Bank Proteas batsman hit 120 (209 balls, 17 fours) as his team amassed 392 for nine declared in response to the visitors’ poor first-innings 168, with the Johannesburg-based defending champions then going to stumps on 37 for none.
That left them still way behind the game – trailing the home side by 187, although all 10 wickets are still standing.
But the match itself continued to belong to the Titans, thanks in the main to De Bruyn, who started out day two not out on 63.
He was given good support by his captain, Grant Thomson (87 off 156 balls, 14 fours), with several other minor contributions that helped Mandla Mashimbyi’s side stamp their authority on the contest.
First right-hander De Bruyn added 91 for the fifth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (43), before the skipper and Dayyaan Galiem (36) put on 70 together for the seventh wicket.
Hardus Viljoen (26) also added some quick runs with 56 then following for what proved to be the final wicket – the Titans eventually terminating their innings after 127.3 overs.
Bjorn Fortuin finished as the pick of the bowlers with five for 76 – his fourth career five for – with former Titans man Eldred Hawken nabbing three for 61.
Joshua Richards (16) and Dominic Hendricks (20) then at least ensured there was a solid start for the Lions second time around, but the champions have plenty to do if they are to avoid a second straight defeat that is threatening to derail their title defence.
Williams gives Cobras the edge
A career-best 83 by captain Lizaad Williams helped the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras establish marginal control over the Warriors after a rain shortened second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter at Buffalo Park in East London on Tuesday.
The fast bowler faced 131 balls and struck 10 fours and a six to beat his previous best mark of 53 against the Imperial Lions in Paarl two seasons back as the visitors amassed 333.
The hosts then lost two wickets in reply, before closing on 104 for two – still trailing by 229. Both teams will know that plenty of work still needs to be done in order to produce a result. After 79 overs were delivered on day one, day two yielded just 57 after rain forced an early lunch and early tea.
The Cobras, though, made good progress thanks to their captain, who moved them from 241 for eight overnight to 308 for nine in a fixture record ninth wicket stand with Nandre Burger (48).
The pair put on 125 together, before the captain was left stranded unbeaten at the end.
Tian Koekemoer was the pick of the bowlers with three for 64.
The Warriors then made a positive start to the reply as Eddie Moore (45) and Matthew Breetzke (40) put on 87 for the first wicket.
But Burger (1/31) and Thando Ntini (1/27) removed them late on to help the Cobras finish strongly.
Muthusamy and late bowling strikes make it Dolphins day
A crucial half-century by Senuran Muthusamy followed by four wickets from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins bowlers ensured they closed the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the VKB Knights on top in Durban on Tuesday.
The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder recorded a valuable 80 (169 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) for his side to help them amass 335 on a slow Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium pitch.
The competition’s leading wicket-taker, Prenelan Subrayen (2/33), and Okuhle Cele (2/6) then claimed doubles as the visitors were under pressure when the day ended early due to bad light, sitting on 86 for four – still 249 runs in arrears.
It concluded another excellent day for Imraan Khan’s charges, who at the turn of the year looked right out of the competition.
Now they are bidding for a third straight win and one that could push them right into the mix with two rounds to go after this one.
After a tough first day when they scored just 207 for four, their good early work looked like it might unravel when centurion Sarel Erwee fell early for 136 (321 balls, 15 fours).
His wicket was followed by that of Mangaliso Mosehle (2), both taken out by pick of the bowlers Tshepo Ntuli (4/121), as the Dolphins suddenly found themselves on 244 for six.
But Muthusamy, aided by Subrayen (15) and Daryn Dupavillon (27), helped them move on quickly towards the end as they reached a solid enough total.
Grant Mokoena (17) and Raynard van Tonder (31), the leading scorer with the bat in the competition, put on 48 for the first wicket, before the pair fell to Subrayen and Cele respectively on the same score.
Pite van Biljon (1) quickly followed, with more joy for the home side in the third last over of play when Patrick Kruger (15) was sent packing, ending a strong day for the hosts.
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