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Cricket | Sunfoil Series 2017/18

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Draws on the cards across the country

The first two rounds of the Sunfoil Series produced six draws, and unless the unexpected occurs, that figure is likely to shift to nine by the close of the third round of the competition on Monday.

All three matches go into their final day with a draw the likeliest result, partly due to good batting pitches but also because of long periods of inactivity due to poor light and rain.

In Pietermaritzburg, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and the bizhub Highveld Lions have yet to complete their first innings and the weather portents are not good for Monday.

Responding to the Lions’ overnight declaration of 277 for seven, the Dolphins ground their way to 185 for six in 74.1 overs on Sunday before almost all of the final session was lost. The top scorer for the home side was Vaughn van Jaarsveld with 52 – his fifth consecutive half-century in the competition.

On a slow, low pitch, Van Jaarsveld was the only batsman in the match to score freely. His runs came in 57 balls and included seven fours and a six. His dismissal occurred when he tried to hit Aaron Phangiso for another six, but instead he holed out to long-on.

The left-arm spinner was the most successful of the Lions’ bowlers, taking 3-59 in 25 overs, while his fellow tweaker, Bjorn Fortuin, finished with 2-44.

At the close, Dolphins skipper Khaya Zondo was undefeated on a painstaking 38 in 104 balls.

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

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Inclement weather prevented the Multiply Titans from scoring quick runs to allow for an early declaration at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Monday.

After dismissing the Warriors for 261 – with Jon-Jon Smuts their leading scorer with 63 – the Titans had earned a first-innings lead of 60 that had to be built upon quickly.

After the early loss of their openers, Jonathan Vandiar and Tony de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaasen and kingpin AB de Villiers added a quick-fire 49 in seven overs. De Villiers, after making only five in the first innings, slammed five fours in his 26-ball 32.

Unfortunately for the home team, bad light and then rain quickly put paid to the fun with the Titans finishing on 97 for two in just 18 overs. They take an overall lead of 157 with eight wickets in hand into the final day.

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


In Oudtshoorn, the WSB Cape Cobras crept to within 42 runs of the VKB Knights’ first-innings total of 489 for five declared before being dismissed.

The most productive partnership of the day was that of Kyle Verreynne and Dane Piedt who added 105 for the seventh wicket on the Recreation Ground’s flat pitch. The dismissal of Piedt for 62 was soon followed by the demise of Verreynne for a stubborn 85.

The bulk of the wickets were taken by the Knights’ quick men, with Marchant de Lange and Ottniel Baartman sharing six wickets, while offspinner Werner Coetsee got two scalps. So far, however, it’s been a batsman’s match.

The Knights had barely started their second innings when the curtain fell and the players went off for bad light. At the close, the Knights were three without loss, an overall lead of 45.

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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