South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up – Day 3 – October 30th
Mahlangu and Marshall lead Titans fightback
An unbroken 145-run opening stand between Victor Mahlangu and Wesley Marshall kept the Momentum Multiply Titans afloat after they were fighting to salvage a draw on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
Both hit half-centuries in what was a follow-on innings at the Mangaung Oval where the log leaders were earlier dismissed for 211 in response to 541 for seven declared by the hosts.
All the bowlers picked up wickets for the Central Franchise, but they failed to replicate that in the second innings and were thwarted by Mahlangu and Marshall, who scored 74 (131 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) and 63 (121 balls, 8 fours) respectively.
The performances of the openers left the away side still needing 185 to make the home side bat again – or bat out the final day to earn a draw.
The Titans had started day three in trouble already on 75 for three and they kept losing wickets regularly throughout their 78.2 overs in the middle.
Heinrich Klaasen, back with the team after recently making his Test debut for the Standard Bank Proteas in India, top-scored with 67 (112 balls, 9 fours, 1 six), but even after his innings the Centurion-based side looked to be doomed.
They had slipped to 165 for nine, with the real rescue act coming from Matthew Arnold, whose highest franchise score of 52 (80 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) lifted his side to their eventual 211 after a last-wicket partnership of 46 with Tabraiz Shamsi (three not out).
The pick of the bowlers was Tshepo Ntuli with two for seven, while there were also doubles from Patrick Kruger (2/9), Gerald Coetzee (2/52) and Shaun von Berg (2/86).
But the same bowlers failed to strike at the second time of asking as Mahlangu and Marshall gave the Titans a final-day chance.
Maiden Linde ton puts Cobras back in contention
A maiden franchise century by new Standard Bank Proteas spinner George Linde helped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras deliver a powerful response on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, who made his debut against India in Ranchi earlier this month, scored an impressive 122 (204 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) as the hosts replied to the visitors’ first-innings 350 with 379 at Newlands.
That gave them a 29-run lead, which by the close had been turned into a three-run lead. But that did come at a cost, though, thanks to a double strike by returning captain Dane Piedt (2/8) after he dismissed both openers to leave the Eastern Cape side on 32 for two.
Both sides now face hard work to try and generate a result on the final day of the round four fixture on Thursday.
However, whatever happens home coach Ashwell Prince is likely to be satisfied, especially after his side batted so well to recover from 73 for four to eventually bat for more than 140 overs.
They started the third day on 154 for four, with Jason Smith first to fall after failing to add to his overnight 41. Glenton Stuurman was the bowler and the dismissal of the all-rounder was one of five strikes amongst figures of five for 72 – his 12th career five-for and best at franchise level.
Matthew Kleinveldt at the other end, though, did manage to move from his day two score of 70 to 92 (215 balls, 16 fours), before he fell to Lutho Sipamla (2/57).
An outstanding 102-run seventh wicket stand then followed between Linde and rookie Thando Ntini, who went on to post his personal best score of 40.
That propelled the Cobras to a slight lead, and they drove home the advantage when Piedt, back again from national duty in India, got rid of Eddie Moore (21) and Matthew Breetzke (5) in the final half-hour of play.
Makhanya and Ackerman hold up Lions victory charge
Half-centuries by Sibonelo Makhanya and Marques Ackerman was stalling the Imperial Lions after they largely dominated the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The pair shared in a 110-run fifth wicket partnership to help their side recover from a dire 31 for four to reach stumps on 173 for five.
Although stand-in captain Ackerman was run out for 62 (109 balls, 6 fours) and saving the game looked some distance away, Makhanya was still fighting on with his unbeaten 75 (137 balls, 13 fours).
The defending champions are still 87 runs ahead in the game, meaning that plenty of work still lies ahead for the men from KwaZulu-Natal.
They struggled for most of the day at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, failing to dislodge key man Rassie van der Dussen, who finished unbeaten on 154 (288 balls, 16 fours. 2 sixes).
The Lions had resumed day three on 354 for seven and added 141 for the loss of just Malusi Siboto (43), before declaring on 495 for eight.
Standard Bank Proteas batsman Van der Dussen added 93 with the seamer and then put on another 72 with Migael Pretorius, who buoyed by his maiden franchise five-for with the ball, struck a four-day best of 50 not out (72 balls, 8 fours) before his captain Nicky van den Bergh called it quits.
The young seamer then struck with the 12th ball to take out Grant Roelofsen (5), with pick-of-the-bowlers Dwaine Pretorius (2/21) accounting for Jason Oakes and Cody Chetty, both for ducks, leaving the Dolphins on five for three.
Senuran Muthusamy (3) followed shortly after, before the Ackerman-Makhanya stand halted the Lions’ charge.
And after the stand was eventually broken thanks to a direct hit by Migael, Andile Phehlukwayo (nine) ensured there was no further damage caused.