Slow Co­bras fail to cap­i­talise

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THE War­riors will have been pleased with their ef­forts on day two of their Su­perS­port Se­ries clash against hosts Cape Co­bras at Paarl yes­ter­day af­ter claw­ing their way back into the low-scor­ing match.

The Co­bras had skit­tled the War­riors for 143 on Thurs­day, to which the Cape side could only re­ply with 240 all out – a lead of 97 runs.

Co­bras mid­dle-or­der bats Justin On­tong and Richard Levi put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket and it was the only part­ner­ship in the in­nings to pass the 50-run mark.

On­tong him­self top-scored for the Co­bras with a painstak­ing 69, in­clud­ing eight bound­aries in his 145-ball knock. The only other half cen­tury for the Co­bras came off the bat of wick­et­keeper-bats­man Ryan Can­nings who scored a pa­tient 60. He struck seven fours in his 145-ball stay at the crease.

Pace­men Makhaya Ntini (3/51) and Rusty Theron (4/63) were the most suc­cess­ful in the War­riors’ at­tack on a pitch which was bowler-friendly for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive day.

Five of the Co­bras bats­men were lbw vic­tims, an in­di­ca­tion that bats­men had to con­tend with try­ing con­di­tions.

At the close of play, the War­riors open­ers Ash­well Prince (13 not out) and Michael Smith (26 not out) al­lowed their team to claw its way back into the con­test as they worked a fine un­de­feated sec­ond in­nings open­ing part­ner­ship of 41.

Else­where, the Ti­tans’ Jac­ques Ru­dolph weighed in with an un­beaten 140 runs against his for­mer team mates, the Di­a­mond Ea­gles, at the OUT­surance Oval yes­ter­day.

The for­mer Protea bats­man and Heino Kuhn (52) shared a 118-run part­ner­ship for the first wicket and reached their cen­tury part­ner­ship off only 117 balls.

Ru­dolph faced 13 balls on 99 be­fore reach­ing the 34th cen­tury of his first class ca­reer. He was dropped by Shadley van Schalk­wyk with his score on 71 off the bowl­ing of spinner Con de Lange, and also by Charl Pi­etersen at point on 99 and by Reeza Hen­dricks at back­ward point on 117.

Ear­lier the Di­a­mond Ea­gles added only 49 runs to their overnight to­tal of 355/6 in los­ing their re­main­ing four wick­ets on the sec­ond day.

Ru­dolph and Farhaan Be­har­dien (27*) will be at the crease when the vis­i­tor’s re­sume their in­nings at 284/4 – still 120 runs in ar­rears.

Skip­per Im­raan Khan laid the foun­da­tion for the Dol­phins who reached 186/4 in their first in­nings, still fac­ing a 173-run deficit, be­fore stumps were drawn on day two of their match against the Highveld Lions at the Wan­der­ers.

The Lions were bowled out for 359 mid­way through the morn­ing ses­sion but bad light stopped play 10 min­utes be­fore tea and, while the play­ers even­tu­ally re­turned, 24 overs were lost in the day’s play.

Khan shared 60 runs with open­ing part­ner Loots Bos­man, who made 30 be­fore debu­tant Lions seamer Pumelela Mat­shikwe had him caught be­hind.

Pierre de Bruyn stuck around for an hour-and-a-half, con­tribut­ing only a sin­gle in the first 50 runs of a third­wicket part­ner­ship with Khan. The pair shared 89, with De Bruyn pro­vid­ing only 13, be­fore Monty Pane­sar re­moved Khan just one run short of his eighth first-class cen­tury. Khan faced 116 balls for his 99, smash­ing 18 bound­aries.

In the next over De Bruyn, still on 13, got an edge off Friedel de Wet to Jonathan Van­diar at sec­ond slip.

With poor light prompt­ing an early tea, the play­ers left the field for two-and-a-half hours and in the fourth over af­ter re­tur ning to the mid­dle, Cameron Del­port (14) got an edge off Pane­sar to Lions skip­per Neil McKen­zie in the slips.

Zan­der de Bruyn and Thami Tsolekile had ear­lier re­sumed the Lions’ first in­nings at 296/6, but in the sec­ond over of the day seam bowler Kent had Tsolekile caught be­hind for nought. And three overs later Jo­hann Louw dis­lodged De Bruyn’s mid­dle stump for 66, the all-rounder hav­ing added eight runs to his overnight score. – Sapa

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ROCK SOLID: Justin On­tong an­chored the in­nings for the Cape Co­bras at Paarl yes­ter­day.

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