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Cricket | Sunfoil Series 2017/18

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Rain, light play havoc in PMB, Benoni

Rain and bad light interfered with two of the three Sunfoil Series matches on Saturday, with the games between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the bizhub Highveld Lions and that of the Multiply Titans and the Warriors called off shortly after lunch on Saturday.

The Dolphins will be wondering what they need to do to succeed at their second ground at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

They have not won a first-class match there since November 2007, nearly 10 years ago. Since then they have had four defeats and 12 draws, with most of the latter rain affected.

Unless something special happens, that run looks set to continue.

Resuming on their overnight score of 202 for five, the Lions were only able to add a further 75 runs to their total for the loss of two more wickets before bad light and then rain caused the day’s play to be abandoned with their hugely promising allrounder, Wiaan Mulder, playing soundly for his undefeated 70.

HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS: Morne van Wyk (wk), Senuran Muthusamy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo (capt), Sibonelo Makhanya, Dane Vilas, Robert Frylinck, Calvin Savage, Prenelan Subrayen, Mthokozisi Shezi, Athi Mpendulo Maposa

BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: Stephen Cook, Reeza Hendricks, Omphile Ramela, Rassie van der Dussen (capt), Nicky van den Bergh, Dwaine Pretorius, Willem Mulder, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Craig Alexander

Report Day 1


The Multiply Titans will feel that they have manoeuvred themselves into a promising position in their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors, reducing the visitors to 158 for five in pursuit of their first innings of 321.

But their progress was halted by bad light and then rain during the afternoon at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, with Jon-Jon Smuts (23) and Clyde Fortuin (9) at the crease when play was called off.

Earlier, the Warriors lost both their openers for six runs but then a third-wicket partnership of 112 between Yaseen Vallie (64) and Colin Ackermann (54) restored their fortunes.

Both men were dismissed, however, as well as Jerry Nqolo for a duck. Vallie was undone by legspinner Shaun von Berg while the other two batsmen were accounted for by paceman Malusi Siboto.

MULTIPLY TITANS: Jonathan Vandiar, Tony de Zorzi, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen (capt & wk), Farhaan Behardien, Shaun von Berg, Henry Davids, Malusi Siboto, Migael Pretorius, Corbin Bosch, Shimane Alfred Mothoa

WARRIORS: Jon-Jon Smuts (capt), Colin Ackermann, Tladi Bokako, Gihahn Cloete, Clyde Fortuin (wk), Simon Harmer, Sisanda Magala, Eddie Moore, Anrich Nortje, Jerry Nqolo, Yaseen Vallie


Thankfully, the action at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn has not been affected by the weather with the VKB Knights holding an advantage in their match against the WSB Cape Cobras.

But, having scored a formidable 489 for five declared – thanks largely to an unbeaten double century from Rudi Second – the Knights didn’t find things as easy as they may have expected after making early inroads into the Cobras’ innings.

Resuming on 33 for the loss of opener Pieter Malan at lunch, the Cobras stuttered to 93 for three with the further loss of Andrew Puttick for 19 and Zubayr Hamza for 29. Both men fell victim to the bowling of paceman Ottniel Baartman.

Justin Ontong and Aviwe Mgijima then effected a partial recovery by taking the Cobras to 167 for three at tea and extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 109 early in the final session before both batsmen were dismissed in short order.

First Ontong was caught and bowled by left-arm paceman Mbulelo Budaza and then, seven runs later, his partner Mgijima was caught behind by Second off the bowling of seamer Ottniel Baartman.

That left the Cobras vulnerably placed on 209 for five, still 280 runs adrift, but the home team showed they had plenty of fight left as Kyle Verreynne (42*) and Simon Khomari (29*) teamed up to add 72 without being parted by the close with their team on 281 for five.

That enabled the Cobras to feel they are back in the game, trailing the Knights by 208 runs with five wickets in hand.

WSB CAPE COBRAS: Dane Piedt (capt), Michael Cohen, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Andrew Puttick, Kyle Simmonds, Kyle Verreynne (wk).

VKB KNIGHTS: Pite van Biljon (capt), Ottneil Baartman, Mbulelo Budaza, Werner Coetsee, Marchant de Lange, Patrick Kruger, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Grant Mokoena, Keegan Petersen, Rudi Second


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