Van Jaarsveld flays Cobras
Former Protea puts Lions on top
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.
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.