Puttick leads charge with dou­ble ton as Co­bras pile on 526 against War­riors

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A MARATHON dou­ble cen­tury from An­drew Puttick high­lighted the sec­ond day of do­mes­tic four- day ac­tion be­tween the War­riors and Cape Co­bras, but it was the Knights that took the big­gest strides to­wards vic­tory in their game against the Highveld Li­ons in Kim­ber­ley yes­ter­day.

Rilee Ros­souw struck 111, his 15th first-class cen­tury, to help the Free Staters re­ply to their visi­tors’ first in­nings 204 with 262 all out, be­fore the Li­ons were ripped to shreds in their sec­ond in­nings, reach­ing stumps on 29/7.

Medium-pacer Corne Dry was the chief de­stroyer, tak­ing 3/3 in 2.5 overs, while there were also two wick­ets each from cap­tain Jo­han van der Wath (2/9) and Quin­ton Friend (2/13).

The day had started out with the Knights on 56/2 at the Di­a­mond Oval and Rudi Sec­ond ( 28) help­ing Ros­souw ex­tend the third wicket stand to 71, be­fore be­ing trapped leg be­fore wicket by Chris Mor­ris.

Two more quick wick­ets had seen the hosts slip to 118/5, but Lefa Mosena (20) put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Ros­souw, who reached his three fig­ures from 173 balls just af­ter his part­ner fell.

Another clus­ter of wick­ets then fell, in­clud­ing that of the set man, al­though a fi­nal wicket stand of 59 be­tween Malusi Si­boto (39 not out) and Dry (17) gave the Knights a handy 58-run lead.

But Van der Wath and Friend were on fire with the new ball as the Li­ons slipped to 22/4r, with Dry then adding three more be­fore the close leav­ing the ta­ble top­ping Li­ons still 29 runs in ar­rears at the half­way stage.

At St Ge­orge’s Park, 21 overs were lost due to bad light at the back end of the day, but it did not stop de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons the Co­bras from mov­ing into a strong po­si­tion af­ter they de­clared their first in­nings on 526/4.

Vet­eran opener Puttick was the main­stay for the Cape side, craft­ing a fine 241 from 434 de­liv­er­ies, while there was also a cen­tury for Yaseen Val­lie, who ended on 101 not out.

The pair shared in a lengthy 178- run part­ner­ship for the fourth wicket and added to the 167 third wicket stand be­tween Puttick and Justin On­tong the pre­vi­ous day.

Only one Co­bras wick­ets fell, that of Puttick when he was bowled by Jon-Jon Smuts, with Dane Vi­las (32 not out) keep­ing Val­lie com­pany un­til he reached his eighth first-class 100 from 145 balls.

Si­mon Harmer bowled a hefty 49 overs tak­ing 2/ 175.

In re­ply, the home side were al­ready one down af­ter Michael Price (12) edged Beu­ran Hen­dricks to Puttick at first slip, with the War­riors clos­ing on 15/1. Smuts and David White were each one not out. – Sapa

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RUN-MA­CHINE: An­drew Puttick ac­knowl­edges the St Ge­orge’s Park crowd on reach­ing his 200 against the War­riors yes­ter­day. The Co­bras opener was even­tu­ally dis­missed for 241, nine runs short of his high­est first-class score.

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