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Cricket | 4-Day Franchise Series 2018/19

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Lions poised for victory

Sibonelo Makhanya led a brave rearguard action with an undefeated 89, but, at the end of the third day’s play on Sunday, the Bizhub Highveld Lions were poised to beat the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their 4-Day Franchise Series match at Kingsmead in Durban.

< Forced to follow-on 274 runs behind after collapsing to 149 in their first innings, the Dolphins finished the day on 209 for six, still 65 runs in arrears after the Lions compiled 423 in their innings.

Although they lost 11 wickets in the day, the home team showed more heart and positive strokeplay after their dismal showing in the first innings.

Makhanya and Andile Phehlukwayo were at the crease at the start of the day with the Dolphins on their overnight total of 95 for five.

After a quiet start, Phehlukwayo began to play more positively, striking Dwaine Pretorius for two fours before edging to wicketkeeper Nicky van den Bergh.

Makhanya, who had batted circumspectly, went the same way, this time to the bowling of Malusi Siboto, for his team’s top score of 38 (173 minutes, 124 balls, 8x4s).

After his departure, the Lions quickly cleaned up the rest of the innings with Malusi Siboto taking 3-27 and Beuran Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin and Wihan Mulder helping themselves to two wickets apiece.

Wickets kept on falling when the Dolphins batted again, with Dwaine Pretorius accounting for Grant Roelofsen (8) and Marques Ackerman (4) while Wihan Mulder trapped Khaya Zondo leg before for a first-ball duck.

Sarel Erwee and Makhanya then stopped the rot with a fourth-wicket partnership of 67 before Erwee (53) was caught behind off Hendricks.

Muthusamy then completed an unhappy match with the bat when he was caught at short leg off Bjorn Fortuin’s bowling for four after his duck in the first innings.

There was briefly a chance of victory for the Lions in three days, but Phehlukwayo settled down to play some positive cricket in a sixth-wicket stand of 57 that featured some clean hitting from the left-hander.

But after striking three fours and a six in his brisk innings of 32, Phehlukwayo was hit a fearsome blow on the helmet by Beuran Hendricks before holing out next ball to point.

Makhanya and an injured Cody Chetty saw out play for the day, but with the forecast set fair for Monday, the Lions must be relishing the chance to gain revenge for their home defeat against the same opponents last month.

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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


The Warriors extended their overall lead to 296 with five second-innings wickets in hand on the third day of their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the Multiply Titans at Buffalo Park in East London on Sunday.

After dismissing the Titans for 366 in their first innings for a lead of 42, the Warriors reached 254 for five in their second innings at the close, thanks to contributions of 92 from Colin Ackermann (156 balls, 11x4s), 63 from Gihahn Cloete (63 in 85 balls) and an unbeaten 49 from captain Jon-Jon Smuts.

With the Warriors currently bottom of the log, a draw won’t be useful, so a challenging declaration may be on the cards on Monday.

Earlier, the Titans’ tailenders Corbin Bosch and Alfred Mothoa frustrated the Warriors with a last-wicket stand of 76 as the visitors edged to within 42 runs of their opponents’ total.

Resuming on their overnight total of 279 for seven, the Titans quickly lost Henry Davids (57), bowled by Basheer Walters, and Tshepo Moreki, before Bosch got together with Mothoa.

Bosch reached his first half-century of the competition (93 balls, 8x4s) before Mothoa became offspinner Simon Harmer’s first victim of the innings.

The Warriors’ most successful bowlers were paceman Glenton Stuurman (3-84) and spinner Lesiba Ngoepe (3-27).

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


David Bedingham and Dane Piedt struck centuries to enable the WSB Cape Cobras to gain a handsome first-innings lead of 151 over the VKB Knights, but the home team’s first-innings hero, Keegan Petersen, showed his appetite for runs hadn’t diminished.

The third day of the 4-Day Franchise Series match at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein provided plenty of runs as the bowlers struggled for penetration. After the Cobras compiled a formidable 470 all out, the pressure was all on the home team.

Despite the early loss of Grant Mokoena, Petersen (59*) kept up the momentum following his momentous 161 in the first innings. The second time around he had good support from opener Raynard van Tonder (56*) in an unbroken second wicket stand of 113 in 29.3 overs.

At the close, with the Knights on 135 for one, they trailed the Cobras by 16 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Earlier, Piedt and Mthiwekhaya Nabe compiled a ninth-wicket stand of 132 to place their team in a powerful position.

Piedt, who struck 114, his first ton in this season’s competition, and Nabe came together with the Cobras on 328 for eight, enjoying a slender nine-run lead with just two wickets remaining.

When they were finally parted, on 460, the runaway log leaders had taken command of the match.

Piedt struck 11 fours and three sixes in his 145-ball innings while Nabe (68) slammed nine fours and a six in his innings that spanned 87 balls.

Paceman Shadley van Schalkwyk was the Knights’ most successful bowler with the excellent figures of 4-67 in 26 overs.

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


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