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Cricket | 4-Day Franchise Series 2018/19

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Lions rake Dolphins

The Bizhub Highveld Lions took a vice-like grip on their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban on Saturday.

At the end of the second day, the visitors had reduced the Dolphins to 92 for five in their first innings, still 331 runs shy of the Lions’ formidable total of 423.

The home team will wonder why they are struggling, as the pitch has been excellent for batting throughout.

Indeed, without an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 34 between Sibs Makhanya and Andile Phehlukwayo in the final hour, the Dolphins’ faces would have been even redder.

The Lions, resuming on their overnight total of 295 for four, ground out runs remorselessly in the 150-minute morning session and the early afternoon with Rassie van der Dussen batting for nearly three hours for his 69 in 133 balls (4x4s, 2x6s).

For the Dolphins, left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy, returning from a long injury break, was the most successful bowler, taking 4-119 in 46 overs.

If the aim was to bat once, the strategy looked good when the Dolphins began their reply with openers Sarel Erwee and Grant Roelofsen going cheaply to Beuran Hendricks and left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin respectively.

A curious feature of the Dolphins’ innings was the late inclusion of debutant Marques Ackerman who was able to replace Vaughn van Jaarsveld who suffered a fractured cheekbone the day before.

According to Cricket South Africa’s “Concussion Policy”, players who suffer head injuries during the course of a match can be replaced on a like for like basis.

Ackerman’s inclusion was the first time this has happened at franchise level in South Africa.

The 22-year-old, who distinguished himself earlier this season when striking a century against Pakistan in the tourists’ only warm-up match, showed lots of promise during his innings of 33 in 68 balls (4x4s).

Unfortunately for the nuggety left-hander, his first false stroke brought about his dismissal as he top-edged Wiaan Mulder to mid-off.

With Muthusamy edging Mulder to slip for a duck and Khaya Zondo hooking Hendricks tamely to long-leg, the Dolphins were on the rack at 58 for five before Makhanya and Phehlukwayo came together.

Report Day 1

DOLPHINS: Sarel Erwee, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khaya Zondo (capt), Eathan Bosch, Grant Roelofsen (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keith Jack Dudgeon, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kerwin Mungroo, Senuran Muthusamy

LIONS: Stephen Cook, Reeza Hendricks, Kagiso Rapulana, Willem Mulder, Rassie van der Dussen (capt), Nicky van den Bergh (wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Bjorn Fortuin, Nono Pongolo, Malusi Siboto, Beuran Hendricks


An undefeated century from David Bedingham and his fourth-wicket partnership of 162 with Kyle Verraynne enabled the WSB Cape Cobras to get right back into their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the VKB Knights at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Cobras were 249 for four at the close of the second day with Bedingham on 107 and Jason Smith on 29, still 70 runs short of the Knights’ first-innings total of 319.

The home team owed their respectable total almost entirely to Keegan Petersen who struck a superb 161 to score more than half his team’s runs.

When he was finally dismissed, he had batted for more than seven hours, faced 286 balls and struck 21 fours. Having been reduced to 3/3 inside the first five overs, the Knights’ last three wickets realised 106 runs.

The Cobras had a similar experience when it was their turn to bat, with Shadley van Schalkwyk dismissing Pieter Malan (4) and Aviwe Mgijima (0) to see the visitors slump to 4/2. And when Thandolwethu Mnyaka got rid of Simon Khomari for 14, the Cobras were 35 for three.

Bedingham and Verreynne then led the fightback, adding 162 for the fourth wicket before Verreynne was bowled by Ryan McLaren for 89 (150 balls, 12x4s).

Bedingham scored his runs in 210 balls and he struck eight fours and three sixes in his innings. His unbroken fifth-wicket partnership with Smith is worth 52.

KNIGHTS: Raynard van Tonder, Grant Mokoena, Keegan Petersen, Petrus van Biljon (capt), Rudi Second (wk), Andries Gous, Ryan McLaren, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Thandolwethu Mnyaka, Zakhele Qwabe, Tshepo Ntuli

COBRAS: Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, David Bedingham, Aviwe Mgijima, Simon Khomari, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt (capt), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Jason Smith, Lizaad Williams


The Multiply Titans battled hard to stay in touch with the Warriors after the second day of their 4-Day Franchise Series match at Buffalo Park in East London on Saturday.

Facing a formidable total of 408, thanks largely to Edward Moore’s career-best score of 151, the Titans finished the day on 279 for seven, still 129 runs shy of their objective with Henry Davids holding up the Warriors’ bowlers with an unbeaten 55.

Earlier, Titans’ skipper Heinrich Klaasen played aggressively to strike eight fours and three sixes in his 73 off 122 balls, while Jonathan Vandiar struck 48.

The two men shared a half-century partnership after the early loss of openers Andra Agathangelou and Tony de Zorzi.

Klaasen became the first of left-arm spinner Lesiba Ngoepe’s two victims, caught by Basheer Walters. Ngoepe then got rid of Farhaan Behardien for 19 and Shaun von Berg (32), finally finishing with the excellent figures of 3-27 in eight overs.

Pacemen Glenton Stuurman also impressed, finishing with 2-50 in 23 overs.

WARRIORS: Gihahn Cloete, Edward Michael Moore, Colin Ackermann, Yaseen Vallie, JJ Smuts (capt), Lesiba Ngoepe, Sinethemba Qeshile (wk), Simon Harmer, Ayabulela Gqamane, Glenton Stuurman, Basheeru-Deen Walters

TITANS: Tony de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaasen (capt & wk), Jonathan Vandiar, Henry Davids, Shimane Alfred Mothoa, Andrea Agathangelou, Farhaan Behardien, Shaun von Berg, Corbin Bosch, Eldred Hawken, Tshepo Moreki


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