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by Cricket World & Cricket South Africa Monday 13 January 2020
Captain Marques Ackerman led from the front with a fine century that helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins command a rain-shortened opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the log-leading Imperial Lions in Pietermaritzburg on Monday.
The left-hander struck 107 (138 balls, 13 fours, 1 six) - his seventh first-class ton - as the hosts reached 231 for two before afternoon showers forced an early close at the City Oval.
Only 60 overs were sent down in total with Sarel Erwee also impressing by ending the day 11 shy of his century. The opener was unbeaten on a far more sedate 89 (213 balls, 10 fours), handing the home side all the aces after they won the toss and batted.
The only two wickets to fall were those of Grant Roelofsen (9) to the in-form Eldred Hawken (1/56) and Ackerman, who had shared a fine 194-run second wicket partnership with Erwee.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld (6) was the other man unbeaten at the close of an excellent start for the Dolphins.
A maiden career century on debut for his new franchise by fast bowler Hardus Viljoen helped rescue the Momentum Multiply Titans from big trouble to end the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a fighting position in Cape Town on Monday.
The pacemen, more prominent for his quick bowling rather than skills with his bat, blasted 132 off 110 balls (16 fours, 1 six) to help his side recover from 92 for six to 287.
Viljoen was ably supported by captain Grant Thomson (64 off 101 balls, 9 fours) with the hosts then replying by reaching the close on 62 for one at Newlands.
It completed a compelling day for both sides as they search for victory to keep alive their outside hopes of winning the competition.
The Titans had won the toss and batted first but found themselves in huge trouble as Nandre Burger (4/42) initially ran riot.
But the visitors rallied through Viljoen as he tore into the bowling during stands of 70 with Thomson for the seventh wicket and then 120 with Ryan Cartwright (22 not out) for the eighth wicket to give his side a respectable total.
Janneman Malan (30) and Matthew Kleinveldt (26 not out) then provided the Cobras with a strong start to the reply by adding 61 for the first wicket, before the former fell to Cartwright (1/12) with the home side trailing by 225.
There was no play on the opening day of the 4-Day Domestic Series encounter between the Warriors and the VKB Knights on Monday as the teams were left frustrated by rain in East London.
The two sides, currently second and third on the table respectively, are both in need of victory to keep pace with the competition leaders, the Imperial Lions.
Conditions on day one of the round seven fixture helped neither, though, as they now have to try and pursue a result in three days at Buffalo Park, where the forecast is slightly better for the rest of the week.
The defending champion Lions currently lead the way in the competition with a more than 20-point lead over the Warriors, with the Knights trailing the leaders by a mammoth 35 points.
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