Slow Cobras fail to capitalise
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
ROCK SOLID: Justin Ontong anchored the innings for the Cape Cobras at Paarl yesterday.