Van Zyl’s un­beaten ton puts Co­bras in driv­ing seat

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STI­AAN van Zyl struck a su­perb, un­beaten cen­tury to leave the Cape Co­bras on top at the half­way stage of their sea­son-open­ing, do­mes­tic four-day cricket clash against the Dol­phins in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg yes­ter­day.

The left-han­der ended not out on 167, his 12th ca­reer ton, as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons amassed 398 in re­ply to the home side’s 88 on day one.

Van Zyl also shared in an en­ter­tain­ing 111-run sev­en­th­wicket part­ner­ship with Rory Kleinveldt (72 off 64 balls).

The Dol­phins replied with 125/1 by the close, still 185 runs be­hind, thanks to an un­beaten 52 by Di­van van Wyk.

Lance Klusener’s men had made a great start to pro­ceed­ings, with Yaseen Val­lie dis­missed in the sec­ond over of the morn­ing when he missed a straight ball from Kyle Ab­bott and was on his way for a duck.

Twelve de­liv­er­ies later, Dane Vi­las (4) fol­lowed, with a lead­ing edge off Ke­shav Ma­haraj loop­ing to Prenelan Subrayen at short cover leav­ing the to­tal on 140/5.

Van Zyl, on 63 overnight, was joined by Justin Kemp (42) as the pair put on 74 for the sixth wicket, in­clud­ing the for­mer reach­ing hun­dred in 139 de­liv­er­ies.

When the stand was even­tu­ally bro­ken, Kleinveldt came in and picked up the man­tle.

Dropped on six by Ma­haraj off Subrayen on the deep-mid­wicket fence, the fast bowler raced to 50 in 36 balls.

By the time he was out, he had clubbed four sixes and nine fours, tak­ing a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing to the spin trio of Daryn Smit (1/51), Ma­haraj (3/106) and Subrayen (4/115).

The last three wick­ets added a fur­ther 73 with Van Zyl, be­fore the Co­bras were dis­missed two shy of 400.

The Dol­phins were much im­proved the sec­ond time around, and lost only Im­raan Khan (29) cour­tesy of some dis­ci­plined off-break bowl­ing by Dane Piedt. How­ever, Van Wyk and Khaya Zondo ( 35) then shared an un­bro­ken 79- run stand by the close.

Mean­while, in Cen­tu­rion, a flu­ent 158-run sec­ond-wicket stand be­tween Heino Kuhn and Cobus Pien­aar kept the Ti­tans in their game against the Highveld Li­ons.

The Pre­to­ria out­fit reached stumps on 278/6, al­though they re­lin­quished their solid po­si­tion by the close as they replied to the vis­it­ing side’s 419 all out ear­lier.

Kuhn (88) and Pien­aar (83) took just over 30 overs for their stand, be­fore Har­dus Viljoen’s 4/ 58 led a strong fight­back, which left the Ti­tans still 141 be­hind.

Thami Tsolek­ile had ear­lier made 63 not out, while Farhaan Be­har­dien was go­ing strong on 58 not out for the hosts.

In East Lon­don, half cen­turies by Ash­well Prince and David White en­sured the War­riors were right in the con­test against the Knights as they reached stumps on 228/5.

The pair, who made 72 and 73 re­spec­tively, put on 134 to­gether for the sec­ond wicket, with their stand prov­ing key in the re­ply to the visi­tors’ 324 all out ear­lier in the day, a deficit of 96.

Werner Coet­see had claimed 3/54 by the close, while the Knights, who had be­gan the day on 307/8, man­aged to add just 74 more runs with wick­et­keeper Lefa Mosena the last man out for 73. – Sapa

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