Ea­gles bats­men pile on the runs against War­riors

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

THE War­riors were 13 without loss when stumps were drawn on the sec­ond day of their Su­perS­port Se­ries match against the Di­a­mond Ea­gles in East Lon­don yes­ter­day – 378 runs in ar­rears af­ter a scin­til­lat­ing day of power bat­ting by the vis­i­tors.

Ea­gles skip­per Boeta Dip­pe­naar, who com­piled his 23rd first-class cen­tury, was un­beaten on 112 and his fifth wicket part­ner, Morne van Wyk, was on 86 not out when Dip­pe­naar de­clared the in­nings closed af­ter 98 overs in an at­tack­ing move with the in­tent on cap­tur­ing a War­riors wicket or two be­fore the close of play.

But Michael Smith, on eight not out, and Ash­well Prince, un­beaten on one, stood firm in three hos­tile overs from Jo­han van der Wath and CJ de Vil­liers.

Dip­pe­naar was at his best, reach­ing his cen­tury off 172 balls with 13 fours and a six, while stroking the ball to all cor­ners of the field in a chance­less in­nings.

Van Wyk scored at a run a ball through­out his en­ter­tain­ing knock, and his 86 came off only 84 de­liv­er­ies. His in­nings was stud­ded with 18 fours and two huge sixes off Arno Ja­cobs, with both sixes com­ing in the same over.

In fact his first two scor­ing strokes were the two sixes and he showed from the very first ball he faced his in­tent to gar­ner as many bat­ting bonus points as pos­si­ble on a placid Buf­falo Park pitch.

The War­riors bowlers toiled away with Lyall Meyer cap­tur­ing two wick­ets and Makhaya Ntini one.

Ja­cobs ef­fected an ex­cel­lent run out when he swooped on the ball run­ning from slip to short fine leg to have Ryan Bai­ley run out for a solid 34.

Dip­pe­naar and Van Wyk added 134 runs in an un­bro­ken stand for the fifth wicket. – Sapa

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