Knights duo tip the bal­ance

Frus­tra­tion as 97-run stand de­mor­alises Co­bras’ bowlers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - JU­NIOR BESTER

PITE VAN BILJON and Ryan McLaren’s stand of 97 frus­trated the Cape Co­bras bowlers yes­ter­day at New­lands with the Knights end­ing day two of their Sun­foil Se­ries match on 187/4 – 126 runs be­hind.

The Co­bras be­gan the day with the bat, Justin Kemp and Rory Kleinveldt look­ing to build on the team’s overnight score of 275/6.

Another 40 runs were added be­fore Dane Pater­son be­came the fi­nal wicket to fall and end the Co­bras’ first in­nings on 315.

Kemp re­mained un­de­feated on 21 off 65 balls, with the vet­eran all-rounder spend­ing most of the morn­ing watch­ing Kleinveldt, Dane Piedt, Beu­ran Hen­dricks and Pater­son los­ing their wick­ets.

For­mer Co­bras player Quin­ton Friend took the wicket of Hen­dricks to bring his over­all fig­ures to 4/52 while Jo­han van der Wath ended with 2/75.

Proteas all- rounder McLaren had failed to take a wicket on the first day, but yes­ter­day picked up the scalps of Kleinveldt and Piedt, who both scored just four runs be­fore be­ing caught be­hind by wick­et­keeper Lefa Mosena.

The Knights were look­ing for a solid start from Reeza Hen­dricks and Gi­hahn Cloete, but in­stead were wel­comed by a bril­liant open­ing de­liv­ery from Kleinveldt.

Then, with no runs on the board, Cloete found him­self walk­ing back to the pavil­ion af­ter he had been trapped lbw by Hen­dricks in the fourth over. It was soon two for one, this time Kleinveldt do­ing the cel­e­brat­ing af­ter Knights bats­man Hen­dricks had edged a de­liv­ery onto his own stumps.

Pater­son then got in on the ac­tion, pick­ing up the wicket of Rudi Sec­ond to leave the Knights strug­gling at 43/3.

It was Rilee Ros­souw and Van Biljon that pro­vided the visi­tors with a mea­sure of relief with a 47-run part­ner- ship be­fore left-arm Co­bras fast bowler Hen­dricks re­turned for his sec­ond spell.

Wick­et­keeper Dane Vi­las took a catch com­fort­ably to dis­miss Ros­souw for Hen­dricks’ sec­ond wicket. This brought McLaren to the crease and to­gether with Van Biljon the pair were able to frus­trate the Co­bras bowlers.

Van Biljon, in for Dean El­gar, scored his 18th first-class 50 in the 59th over af­ter he and McLaren had run three off a Kemp de­liv­ery.

At the close of play Van Biljon was on 58, with McLaren just seven runs short of what could be­come his 21st first­class 50.

Hen­dricks, with his 2/36, was the pick of the Co­bras bowlers.

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HIGH FIVE: Beu­ran Hen­dricks, cen­tre, of the Cape Co­bras cel­e­brates one of his two wick­ets dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Sun­foil Se­ries match against the Knights at New­lands.

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