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CSA 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up: Day 3 Latest News

Pite van Biljon (56 off 75 balls, 9 fours)
Pite van Biljon (56 off 75 balls, 9 fours)

CSA 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up: Day 3 Latest News

Fortuin takes four in another roaring Lions win

Bjorn Fortuin was the star with four wickets on what proved to be the final day as the Imperial Lions strengthened their grip on the 4-Day Domestic Series season with a massive 10-wicket win over the VKB Knights on the third day of their clash in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner claimed four for 39 to help bowl out the visitors for 219 in their follow-on innings leaving a target of just 20 that were knocked over easily with a day-and-a-half to spare at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.

It concluded a dominant display by the defending champions, who have now won four out of their six matches in 2019/20 and look almost unstoppable in their quest to retain the title.

They started the morning in pole position by having their opponents three down for 33 and still heavily in arrears.

But overnight man Grant Mokoena (29) and captain Pite van Biljon (56 off 75 balls, 9 fours) provided some fight, taking their side to 96 through their 65-run fourth-wicket stand.

Eldred Hawken (2/37) landed the initial breakthrough to finish with seven wickets in the match with Fortuin then doing the rest.

The Knights did at least make the home side bat again courtesy of top-scorer Wandile Makwetu's 58 (82 balls, 10 fours, 1 six), although the final rights had already been read by then - the Lions for now moving 35 points clear at the summit.

Roelofsen helps Dolphins turn tables on Cobras

Grant Roelofsen's eighth career century engineered a fine Hollywoodbets Dolphins fightback as they closed the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras with the upper hand in Oudtshoorn on Wednesday.

The right-hander was unbeaten on 139 (195 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) at the close, having brought his side back from nearly the dead to hold a 199-run lead heading into the final day at the Recreational Ground.

The visitors reached the close on 280 for six despite earlier conceding an 81-run first innings lead.

They looked out of the game at that stage, especially considering the poor 174 first innings showing but showed there is another side to them thanks to the fight of Roelofsen.>

He was ably supported by captain Marques Ackerman (69 off 53 balls, 12 fours, 1 six), while Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy chipped in with 33.

The pick of the bowlers with four wickets still standing was George Linde with three for 84.

Earlier Kerwin Mungroo (3/17), Muthusamy (3/92) and Prenelan Subrayen (3/73) shared nine wickets as the Cobras lost their last four wickets for one run.

They were 254 for six overnight and ended with 255 as the late collapse injected a whole new energy into the Dolphins that Roelofsen fully capitalised on.

Moore and Magala put Warriors ahead

Eddie Moore fell two runs short of a century as the Warriors enjoyed a fruitful day three of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Centurion on Wednesday.

The opener made a flowing 98 (126 balls, 14 fours, 1 six) to take his side to stumps on 310 for seven - a lead of 321 at SuperSport Park.

He was well supported by Sinethemba Qeshile, who recorded his second half-century of the match and was still unbeaten at the close on an attacking 57 off 65 balls (9 fours).

Sisanda Magala was also still there on 22, having begun the day by completing his ninth career five-for.

The burly seamer nabbed five for 81 to help the away side dismiss their hosts for 294 with the last three wickets toppled for 17, giving the Warriors the advantage.

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