Van Jaarsveld flays Co­bras

For­mer Protea puts Lions on top

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MICHAEL DOMAN

LIONS left-han­der Vaughan van Jaarsveld tore the Cape Co­bras at­tack to shreds at New­lands yes­ter­day with a blis­ter­ing 123 off 90 balls, help­ing his side reach an im­pos­ing 416 in the first in­nings of their Su­pers­port Se­ries match.

Fast bowler An­dré Nel then struck quickly, get­ting rid of An­drew Puttick and Sti­aan van Zyl in two balls in the 11th over of the Co­bras’ re­ply, as the home side ended the day on 35 for two wick­ets. Play was halted in light driz­zle at 5.25pm, with 78.4 overs bowled in the day, af­ter only 50 were pos­si­ble on the first day on Thurs­day.

Van Jaarsveld, one-time mem­ber of the na­tional one-day squad, racked up his sixth first-class cen­tury yes­ter­day. Fran­cois Plaatjies dropped him at point and he went on to tor­ment the Co­bras at­tack.

He had an able part­ner-in-tor­ture in for­mer Co­bras cap­tain and wick­et­keeper Thami Tsolekile, who ran out of part­ners on 88.

Van Jaarsveld and Tsolekile added a barn­storm­ing 156 for the sixth wicket in 108 min­utes, the for­mer con­tribut­ing 107 runs and the lat­ter 44. Their stand in­cluded 17 fours and five sixes.

Al­though the Lions had been given a de­cent foun­da­tion by Jonathan Van­diar (70), Stephen Cook (52) and Neil McKen­zie (31), they had lost three wick­ets for 30 runs in 6.1 overs to leave them on 190/5, be­fore Van Jaarsveld and Tsolekile came to­gether.

Van Jaarsveld clubbed two straight sixes in an over, first off spinner Robin Peter­son, and then off fast bowler Monde Zon­deki, on the sec­ond oc­ca­sion with the sec­ond new ball only 14 overs old. In all he cleared the ropes six times, and he cashed in on the way­ward­ness of the Co­bras bowlers by adding 13 fours. He un­leashed an at­trac­tive ar­ray of shots, not least the drives and cuts to the off-side bound­ary.

He was even­tu­ally caught at fine-leg by Alis­tair Gray when he mis­cued off Zon­deki, but with the score by then on 346, the Lions had re­gained con­trol of the game.

Van Jaarsveld’s dom­i­na­tion of the action is clear from the fact that the sec­ond 50 runs of the sixth-wicket stand came off 54 balls with him con­tribut­ing 32, the third 50 of the part­ner­ship us­ing up just 30 balls with his con­tri­bu­tion 42.

Looking at his per­sonal score, Van Jaarsveld went from 50 to 100 off 31 balls, and in his sec­ond 50 runs he thumped eight fours and a six. He faced only nine balls in pro­gress­ing from 100 to 123, adding two fours and two sixes.

Tsolekile has re­vived his ca­reer ad­mirably since mov­ing north, and he hit nine fours and a six in his 88, which took him to 324 runs in his fourth match of the sea­son. He paced him­self well dur­ing the part­ner­ship, pun­ish­ing bad balls and keep­ing the tally tick­ing over with his usual sharp run­ning be­tween the wick­ets.

The for mer Langa res­i­dent moved from 44 to 54 in two balls, with a four and a six off seamer Rory Klein­veldt.

Af­ter Van Jaarsveld had de­parted, as Zon­deki’s only wicket of the in­nings, leg-spinner Gray wrapped up the tail, tak­ing the last four wick­ets to fall, at a cost of 27 runs. That per­for­mance rep­re­sented his best first-class fig­ures, al­though he also did pick up a hat­trick against the Lions at Paarl last sea­son.

Tsolekile added 43 for the sev­enth wicket with Cliffie Dea­con (nine), but missed out on the chance to reach three fig­ures when Monty Pane­sar (13) and Ugasen Goven­der (nought) were dis­missed off suc­ces­sive balls by Gray to end the in­nings. Nev­er­the­less for­mer SA Un­der-19 cap­tain Tsolekile im­proved his Su­pers­port av­er­age this sea­son to 108 with yes­ter­day’s per­for­mance.

Gray’s four vic­tims took him to 13 wick­ets in the Co­bras’ third game of the sea­son, and he is the side’s lead­ing wicket-taker, with Zon­deki next best on eight.

Plaatjies got Cook and Zan­der de Bruyn (four) to edge catches to the slips be­fore lunch, and he fin­ished with 2/50, while Peter­son took some stick, claim­ing 2/105.

Gray sur­vived a tor­rid last hour when the Co­bras bat­ted, with the right-left com­bi­na­tion of fast bowlers, Nel and Dea­con, run­ning in and fir­ing with the light fad­ing. Puttick went for 12 off 30 balls, ad­judged caught be­hind off an in­side edge off an at­tempted drive, and the next ball Van Zyl prod­ded for­ward to Nel and was trapped in front. The big for­mer Proteas fast bowler fin­ished with fig­ures of 2/12.

Paul Har­ris and Morné Morkel shared 10 wick­ets for the Ti­tans yes­ter­day to leave the War­riors in des­per­ate trou­ble at the close on day two at St Ge­orge’s.

Pur­su­ing the Ti­tans’ first in­nings to­tal of 403, the War­riors crashed to 214. Left-arm spinner Har­ris col­lected 5/49, Morkel 4/63.

Af­ter the Ti­tans en­forced the fol­low-on Morkel dis­missed JonJon Smuts LBW for nought and fel­low fast bowler Ethy Mb­ha­lati found an edge from Colin In­gram.

That left the War­riors floun­der­ing at 2/2, try­ing to save the match. Opener Michael Smith reached 62 be­fore he tried to hit Har­ris over the ring only to be caught.

Colin In­gram (33) and Ash­well Prince (18) were bowled by Har­ris.

Arno Ja­cobs (20) and Davy Ja­cobs (11) slashed at de­liv­er­ies from Morkel while Craig Thyssen (11) was caught in the deep.

Ear­lier, part-time spinner Smuts claimed three wick­ets for seven runs in three overs to help dis­miss the Ti­tans’ lower or­der.

The Ti­tans re­sumed their first in­nings on day two on 327/6 with Morkel and Mosehle both on 22.

The pair took their team to 393 but Mosehle was trapped in front for 49. Smuts ac­counted for Har­ris (0) four balls later and Morkel, made 60 off 76 balls be­fore giv­ing an edge. In part­ner­ship with Mosehle the pair added 114.

BREN­TON GEACH

HEADS UP: Lions bat­ter Thami Tsolekile – for­merly of WP – hits out against the Co­bras at New­lands yes­ter­day with keeper Ryan Canning and Justin Kemp tracking the ball.

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