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Cricket | 4-Day Franchise Series 2018/19

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Lions win by nine wickets

The Bizhub Highveld Lions clinched a handsome nine-wicket victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins 50 minutes after lunch on the final day of their 4-Day Franchise Series match at a simmering Kingsmead in Durban on Monday.

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The Lions, in second place on the log behind the WSB Cape Cobras, did their title chances no harm as they earned 24.9 points for their win, including 4.9 for batting, 4 for bowling and 16 for the result. The win reversed the 279-run defeat the Dolphins inflicted on them at the Wanderers last month.

Having dismissed the Dolphins for 319 in their second innings on the stroke of lunch, the visitors, needing 46 for victory, quickly wrapped up the win in the afternoon, though man of the match Stephen Cook (for his 130 in the first innings) would have been irritated to have lost his wicket to a gentle full toss from part-timer Sarel Erwee that he patted back to the bowler.

The result was always a likely one after the Dolphins were forced to follow on after collapsing to a miserable 149 in their first innings after the Lions compiled 423.

Batting a second time, the home team put up a better show with Sibonelo Makhanya striking his first century at franchise level and Erwee and Cody Chetty weighing in with 50s.

Earlier, the Dolphins, resuming on their overnight total of 209/6, forced the Lions to work hard under a blazing sun on a good pitch for batting.

The highlight of the 150-minute morning session was Makhanya’s hundred which he reached when he pulled Beuran Hendricks for four after resuming on his overnight score of 89. There was a strange prologue to the continuation of his innings, however, after the players had walked out for the start of the day’s play.

Before Hendricks could deliver the first ball, Makhanya walked to the boundary and was visibly ill. After being treated for about five minutes, the player seemed to recover and showed no further signs of distress for the remainder of his innings.

The second new ball was always going to be key for the Lions, and sure enough, Hendricks ended the partnership just over an hour into the session with his fifth ball when Chetty, who had just got to his 50, was caught by wicketkeeper Nicky van den Bergh off a leg glance. Makhanya and Chetty had added 94 for the seventh wicket.

The most important scalp fell shortly afterwards when Makhanya played a tired hook to a half-tracker by Malusi Siboto that he might otherwise have belted for six. Instead, the ball looped to fine leg where Dwaine Pretorius took a regulation catch.

Makhanya, who had had a modest season before this match, played with excellent discipline and judgement for 230 balls and nearly six hours, striking 17 fours in his innings of 128. He also top-scored in the Dolphins’ first innings with 38.

The innings ended when Eathan Bosch, who had played some fine shots in his 28, edged Siboto to slip just before the break. Siboto (3/79) was the most successful Lions bowler, while Hendricks, Pretorius and Wihan Mulder picked up two wickets each.

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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 jumped off the bottom of the table to third when they crushed last season’s champions, the Multiply Titans, by 216 runs in their 4-Day Franchise Series match at Buffalo Park in East London on Monday.

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The match took a dramatic turn on the final morning after the Warriors had declared their second innings on 310/5, asking their opponents to score 353 for victory.

In a stunning start to the visitors’ run chase, the Warriors reduced the Titans to 25/5 and then 51/7 before Corbin Bosch and Shaun von Berg teamed up to slam 83 for the eighth wicket. But the damage had been done and after the dismissal of Von Berg, the innings subsided to 136 with Bosch the last man out for 59, his second half-century of the match to go with figures of 3/48 in the Warriors’ first innings.

Basheeru Walters was the Warriors’ bowler to inflict the most damage, taking 5/35 in nine overs, while offspinner Simon Harmer grabbed 3/59 in 18 overs.

Earlier, Warriors’ captain Jon-Jon Smuts had struck an unbeaten 75 to help set up the declaration.

When the Titans batted, Glenton Stuurman began the slide when he dismissed opener Aga Agathangelou for a duck in the third over, before Harmer got rid of Jonathan Vandiar for another duck two overs later.

It was then the turn of Walters to weigh in with the wickets of Heinrich Klaasen (11), Farhaan Behardien (0) and Tony de Zorzi (3) as the Titans’ wickets tumbled. At lunch, Walters had figures of 3/8 off five 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


Keegan Petersen led a run-fest in the drawn 4-Day Franchise Series match between the VKB Knights and the WSB Cape Cobras at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Monday.

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Petersen struck 161 and 165 not out – a rare achievement – in a match in which 1 149 runs were scored for the loss of just 22 wickets.

The result means that while the Cobras stay top of the table with three matches to go, their lead has been cut to 19.42 points after the second-placed Bizhub Highveld Lions beat the now-basement team, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, by nine wickets at Kingsmead.

Man of the match Petersen scored more than half his team’s runs (319) in their first innings, and combined with Pite van Biljon (105*) in an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 213 to keep the log-leaders at bay after they had taken a first-innings lead of 151. When the match was finally called off in the middle of the afternoon, the Knights had reached 360/2, an overall lead of 209.

Altogether Petersen scored a total of 326 runs for once out, and batted for the equivalent of 91 overs that spanned 13 hours. He struck a total of 39 fours and two sixes in a marathon effort.

In all, five centuries were scored in the match with David Bedingham and Dane Piedt reaching three figures in the Cobras’ first innings while Petersen (twice) and Van Biljon responded for the Warriors.

In a match where the odds were so heavily stacked in the batsmen’s favour, the outstanding bowling effort came from Shadley van Schalkwyk who took 4/67 in 26 overs in the Cobras’ first innings.

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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