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CSA 4-Day Domestic Series: Round 8 - Day 3 Round Up

Senuran Muthusamy

Round Up from day 3 of the Cricket South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series matches from Round 8.

Cele claims five as Dolphins dominate in Durban

A maiden career five-for by Okuhle Cele helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins make further gains towards a third successive 4-Day Domestic Series win after they closed day three of their clash against the VKB Knights on top in Durban on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old paceman claimed a fine five for 38 in 14.5 overs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium where the visitors were made to follow on after falling for 155 in their first innings – responding to the home side’s 335.

But the Central Franchise did much better second time of asking by progressing to 110 for two at the close, still needing 70 more to make their host bat again.

Bad light did disrupt the game late on the third afternoon forcing a slightly early end to proceedings, although there remained only one side that could win it after another solid day by the coastal side.

Cele, whose previous best performance at first-class level was the four for 115 he took for KwaZulu-Natal against Easterns at Benoni earlier in the current term, was well backed up by the competition’s leading wicket-taker, Prenelan Subrayen, after the claimed four for 49.

Together they put the Dolphins on the front foot from the get-go when the Knights resumed the morning on 86 for four.

The first strike of the day came in the ninth over of the day when a 35-run stand between top-scorer Andries Gous (45) and Wandile Makwetu was snapped by the only other wicket-taker in the innings, Kerwin Mungroo (1/14) after he took out the latter for 17.

Shaun von Berg (0) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (1) followed in the next over when Subrayen struck twice in four balls leaving the score suddenly at 117 for seven.

Cele, in his 12th franchise game, then did the rest as the Knights were dismissed in 64.5 overs.

Raynard van Tonder, the leading run-scorer in the competition, then went past 800 runs as he led a strong reply for the Bloemfontein-based visitors.

The young starlet showed admirable application on his way to an unbeaten on 61 (203 balls, 4 fours) at the close, having shared in an opening stand of 92 with Grant Mokoena (36).

But he lost his partner leg before wicket to Subrayen (1/46) in the final hour, with the Dolphins also claiming the late wicket of Patrick Kruger (6) in the penultimate over through the outstanding Senuran Muthusamy – the Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder claiming one for 28 in 23 overs.

Cartwright leads the way as Titans win derby

Ryan Cartwright led another superb bowling display by the Momentum Multiply Titans as they completed a fine 10-wicket 4-Day Domestic Series win over their old rivals the Imperial Lions in the Jukskei derby in Centurion on Wednesday.

The rookie fast bowler claimed three for 46 to help send the log leaders and defending champions to 231 all out in their second innings at SuperSport Park, leaving a target of just eight that were chased down in 10 deliveries by the hosts.

It completed a defining win, or defeat in the case of the Lions, who have now lost their last two games to throw the title race wide open.

Two rounds ago, the title appeared to be a foregone conclusion as the Johannesburg-based side held a lead of more than 20 points at the summit.

That has been whittled down to just over six now ahead of the Titans, who temporarily climbed second, with the picture set to become even clearer after the round eight games are completed on Thursday.

Wandile Gwavu’s side had gone into the third day of their derby on 37 for none in their second innings, still 187 behind but will all 10 wickets intact.

However, they lost opener Joshua Richards first ball of the day when he was trapped leg before wicket by Cartwright, who before last week was yet to play a franchise game.

The other overnight man, Dominic Hendricks (42), though, shared in a strong 83-run second wicket stand with Reeza Hendricks to keep alive their sides’ hope of survival.

But Titans captain Grant Thomson (1/13) broke the stand, before Cartwright took out Kagiso Rapulana (6) to leave the Lions on 135 for three.

Reeza Hendricks did his best to keep the 2018/19 winners afloat, but was eventually trapped lbw by Hardus Viljoen (2/59) for a top score of 82 (115 balls, 14 fours).

That proved to be the beginning of the end, with Dayyaan Galiem (2/61) and Gregory Mahlokwana (2/23) claiming two wickets each to wrap things up for the home side and seal a lop-sided win.

Warriors and Cobras level pegging after three days

Gihahn Cloete struck 91 for the Warriors as they hit back on the penultimate day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in East London on Wednesday.

Replying to the visitors’ 333, the mean from the Eastern Cape resumed day three on 104 for two, before declaring on 341 for nine at Buffalo Park – the two teams essentially cancelling out each other in a match that has been affected by the weather.

David Bedingham then blazed an unbeaten 56 off 50 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes) to help the Cobras reach stumps on 109 for one, a lead of 101.

With just a day to go, a draw now looks like the most likely outcome between the two Cape rivals.

Day three was mainly bat-dominated as Cloete led the way for the home side. He faced 154 balls and landed 18 boundaries, before falling nine shy of a century.

The left-hander shared in a 121-run third wicket stand with Rudi Second, who also hit a half-century, before falling for 55 (124 balls, 8 fours, 1 six).

Cloete and Sinethemba Qeshile (28) added 54 for the fourth wicket, with further lower order contributions coming from Lesiba Ngoepe (24) and Jade de Klerk (22) after which the Warriors declared.

The pick of the bowlers was George Linde with two for 43, the spinner being one of four bowlers to claim two wickets.

The Cobras then lost Janneman Malan (20) early, but Matthew Kleinveldt (27) and Bedingham combined for a 79-run unbroken second-wicket partnership that took the Cobras to the close.

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