Dean Elgar of the Titans celebrates after scoring 50 runs during day 2 of the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series match between Cape Cobras and Momentum Multiply Titans at Six Gun Grill Newlands on November 03, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Here’s Sport24’s wrap of Tuesday’s action in the 4-Day Franchise series.
Elgar a class apart as Cobras prove venomous
Opener Dean Elgar stood tall, producing a gritty century at Newlands, as the Titans batting order collapsed thanks to the magic of Cobras all-rounder George Linde.
Elgar made a valiant 101 off 143 balls – hitting 15 boundaries.
The Proteas Test batsman struggled to find a suitable partner in the middle with the Titans bundled out for 150 in 51.2 overs.
After his fine contribution with the bat on Day 1, Linde followed up with ball in hand, taking 5/65 in his 18 overs.
Cobras fast bowler Tshepo Moreki haunted his former club as he ended on 3/42 – picking up the final and prized wicket of Elgar.
Cobras brothers Pieter and Janneman Malan strode to the middle with a healthy lead of 114 but paceman Lizaad Williams struck early as he trapped Pieter for 1.
Williams followed soon after with the wicket of Cobras skipper Zubayr Hamza for a duck and Junior Dala saw the back of Tony de Zorzi (5).
Janneman and Kyle Verreynne put on a 50-run third-wicket partnership before Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi sent Janneman packing (35).
Verreyenne anchored the Cobras, making his 18th half-century as the Cobras will resume on Day 3 on 121/5. – Lynn Butler
Cape Cobras 264/9 dec and 121/5 in 43 overs (Kyle Verreyenne 50*, Lizaad Williams 2/10) lead the Titans 150 in 51.2 overs (Dean Elgar 101, George Linde 5/65) by 235 runs
Snyman continues dream start to the season
Following his spectacular century before lunch on Monday, Jacques Snyman further showcased his all-round abilities by mopping up the tail with his seamers as the Knights took full control in their meeting with the compromised Warriors in Bloemfontein.
The 26-year-old, who had tongues wagging with a 78-ball 109, finished with figures of 3/29 as the hosts took a 272-run lead, which grew to 298 by the close of play.
The Warriors, weakened by the absence of six players due to Covid-19 protocols, looked particularly brittle in the middle and lower order once the leg-spin of the wily Shaun von Berg started to take hold.
Only Matthew Breetzke (43) and Rudi Second – who remained unbeaten on 35 off 123 deliveries – were able to resist a varied Knights attack.
Von Berg finished with figures of 4/54. – Heinz Schenk
Knights 430/6 dec and 26/0 in 9 overs lead the Warriors 158 in 74 overs (Matthew Breetzke 43, Shaun von Berg 4/54, Jacques Snyman 3/29, Migael Pretorius 2/13) by 298 runs
Erwee glides to classy century
Sarel Erwee confirmed his status as one of domestic cricket’s most accomplished if underrated openers with a sparkling century to help the Dolphins put defending champions the Highveld Lions under severe pressure at Kingsmead.
19 fours cracked off the left-hander’s bat as he finished on an unbeaten 123 off just 146 deliveries, sharing an unbroken 181-run second wicket stand with Keegan Pietersen, whose subdued 59 proved a perfect foil.
Erwee’s strike rate was particularly impressive given that he faced what is considered once of the strongest bowing attacks in the country.
Earlier, Ottneil Baartman showed he belongs at this level with a fine spell that went a long way to the Lions throwing away a decent platform.
Resuming on 152/3, the Lions finished with an unsatisfactory 258, a collapse that featured some poorly judged attacking shots as well as the freakish run out of Bjorn Fortuin, who was run out after Proteas Test spinner Keshav Maharaj tried to stop a firm drive, only for the ball to loop up innocuously from his palm and hit the stumps.
Nonetheless, one couldn’t quibble with Baartman’s haul of 4/54, who has again shown that there are some real gems that emerge from South Western Districts all the way down in Oudtshoorn. – Heinz Schenk
Highveld Lions 258 in 89.1 overs (Reeza Hendricks 76, Ryan Rickelton 60, Temba Bavuma 43, Ottneil Baartman 4/54, Kerwin Mungroo 2/37) lead the Dolphins 189/1 from 51 overs (Sarel Erwee 123*, Keegan Pietersen 59*) by 69 runs
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