South Africa 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up – Day 4 – October 31th

Andile Phehlukwayo
Andile Phehlukwayo

Vallie and Second hit half-centuries in Warriors draw

Half-centuries by Yaseen Vallie and Rudi Second ensured there was no late drama as the Warriors batted out to a draw on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Thursday.

Dane Piedt also managed to finish with four wickets, meaning he claimed seven in total on his return from Standard Bank Proteas duty, with the visitors finishing the match on 228 for five declared at Newlands.

The closing of the Warriors’ innings by captain Jon-Jon Smuts prompted the end of the game as time ran out on both teams.

For the hosts, they remain without a win this term, while the away side will go into the break – prompted by the Mzansi Super League – with one win, two draws and a defeat.

However, both will take plenty of encouragement from the round four fixture.

The Eastern Cape franchise had started the last day in slight trouble on 32 for two and with only a slight lead, but they went about their business well thanks in the main to Vallie and Second. The former, who scored 63 in the first innings, was there from the start and went on to record a score of 78 (144 balls, 8 fours).

He had initially added 65 with nightwatchman Jade de Klerk (14) for the third wicket, before the stand was ended by a run out.

Eighty-three then followed for the fourth wicket between Vallie and Second, who ended up unbeaten on 84 (149 ball, 15 fours) – his highest score since joining the Warriors during the winter.

After two wickets fell on 177, the second being that of Sinethemba Qeshile for a duck, Smuts and Second shared an unbroken 51-run stand that took them to the end of the game.

Piedt was the only bowler to take wickets, finishing with four for 69.

Siboto wraps up innings win for Lions

 Malusi Siboto proved to be the key bowler on the final morning after his three wickets helped the Imperial Lions wrap up an innings and 15-run victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The seamer was the pick of the bowlers with three for 59 as the defending champions needed a touch over 25 overs to claim the remaining five wickets of the visitors and close out a second win out of four in 2019/20.

It was an important result too and one that allowed the home side to climb up top of the table in what was the final match before a break in the calendar for the Mzansi Super League that starts next week. For the visitors, they remained winless and bottom of the competition standings.

The hosts held all the aces going into the final day – a big lead and five wickets already in the bag.

And they wasted little time in striking when the Dolphins resumed on 173 for five, with Siboto dismissing key man Sibonelo Makhanya leg before wicket in the second over for 76 (144 balls, 13 fours), one more than his overnight 75.

The other day three not out man, Andile Phehlukwayo (12), fell to Migael Pretorius (2/41) shortly after, before Keith Dudgeon (13) was bowled by Nono Pongolo (2/60).

Robbie Frylinck (25) offered some resistance, but Siboto returned to have him caught behind after also sending Lwandiswa Zuma (5) packing.

It left the Dolphins all out in 73.5 overs and with a second defeat in four.

Titans earn hard-fought draw

 Openers Victor Mahlangu and Wesley Marshall led a colossal second-innings batting effort that ended with Junior Dala and Lungi Ngidi the heroes as the Momentum Multiply Titans managed to salvage a draw from their round-four 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the VKB Knights in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Needing to bat out the final day, which they had resumed on 145 for none, the visitors finished on 367 for eight in their follow-on innings that dragged deep into the final day.

Their rookie openers both struck 90s and put on 203 for the first wicket, with the ever-reliable Farhaan Behardien chipping in with 81 (132 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).

However, when the veteran Standard Bank Proteas batsman fell, there were still 20 overs to go, leaving Dala and Ngidi to face the music.

The pair managed to fend off everything the Knights threw at them, finishing with 11 off 92 balls and five off 49 balls respectively as Mark Boucher’s men survived.

The Centurion-based side had been on the back foot for most of the game, so the result is certain to still give them plenty of confidence heading into the break in calendar, which will now see the Mzansi Super League take centre stage over the next six weeks.

The Titans had conceded 541 for seven declared and then replied with 211, leaving them under heavy pressure after being asked to follow on.

They were then given a good start with the top two taking them to 145 for none by stumps on day three.

But they still needed 185 to make the hosts bat again. Marshall (98 off 181 balls, 13 fours) and Mahlangu (94 off 178 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) managed another 58 together, before their stand ended. Both also fell in quick succession, meaning the pressure remained on the Titans.

Pick-of-the-bowlers Shaun von Berg (4/92) got rid of Neil Brand (10) not long after leaving the score on 220 for three.

It was then over to Behardien, who single-handedly held things together and even took his side 19 runs into the lead.

But that was when he fell leg before wicket to Corne Dry (2/50) leaving the door ajar for the Central Franchise.

But Dala and Ngidi had other ideas, batting out nearly 20 overs to secure a gutsy draw.