Pres­sure on Markram

ROAST­ING: TI­TANS BUN­DLED OUT FOR A PAL­TRY SCORE IN FIRST IN­NINGS

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ken Bor­land

The pres­sure only mounted on Ai­den Markram yes­ter­day as the Proteas opener was bowled for just a sin­gle by El­dred Hawken, the Highveld Li­ons swing bowler who roasted the Ti­tans bats­men on the se­cond day of their four-day Do­mes­tic Se­ries match at the Wan­der­ers.

Markram, mak­ing his come­back af­ter he frac­tured his wrist punch­ing the wall in frus­tra­tion fol­low­ing a pair in the se­cond Test in In­dia, has now made just six runs in his last four in­nings.

He was far from the only Ti­tans bat­ting fail­ure yes­ter­day though, as the vis­i­tors were bun­dled out for just 121, Hawken tak­ing 5/39 in 11 overs in a tremen­dous ri­poste to the team that re­leased him from con­tract at the end of last sea­son.

Hein­rich Klaasen fought back for the Ti­tans with an in­nings of 40, but they still con­ceded a first-in­nings lead of 180.

Li­ons open­ers Josh Richards (46) and Do­minic Hen­dricks (23) ex­tended that lead with a first-wicket stand of 68, and de­spite Grant Thom­son hav­ing both Wi­han Lubbe and Kag­iso Ra­pu­lana caught be­hind for ducks, Nicky van den Bergh piled on the pres­sure with his 52 not out.

The Li­ons closed on 168 for five, al­ready lead­ing by 360 runs.

The Cape Co­bras at­tack held sway at Boland Park in Paarl as they re­duced the Knights to 135 for six in their re­ply to the home side’s solid first in­nings of 442 for eight de­clared.

Fast bowler Lizaad Williams, cap­tain­ing the Co­bras for the first time, took 3/39 as wick­et­keeper/ bats­man Wandile Mak­wetu (27 not out) was left with the tail for com­pany on the third day.

An­dries Gous (43) and Pa­trick Kruger (34) were the only other bats­men to reach dou­ble fig­ures.

Ear­lier, Ja­son Smith (85) and vet­eran Qaasim Adams (43) built on the first-day cen­turies of Jan­ne­man Malan and Davd Bed­ing­ham as they steered the Co­bras to a fine to­tal.

Corne Dry took 3/91 for the

Knights.

In Dur­ban, Ed Moore’s ca­reer-best dou­ble-cen­tury penned an ideal day for the War­riors as they took firm con­trol of their match against the Dol­phins.

The stylish left-han­der made 228 in nine hours of bat­ting, fac­ing 341 balls and hit­ting six sixes to go with his 15 fours.

There were also some mighty blows in the lower-or­der from Kelly Smuts (76) and Jade de Klerk (45) as the War­riors piled up 513 all out.

Spin­ners Pre­nalen Subrayen (4/110 in 29.5 overs) and Senu­ran Muthusamy (3/137 in 35.5 overs) were the only ef­fec­tive bowlers for the Dol­phins.

Spin was also the chief in­stru­ment of de­struc­tion for the War­riors as Jon-Jon Smuts and De Klerk shared five wick­ets to re­duce the Dol­phins to 157/6 by stumps.

Dol­phins cap­tain Mar­ques Ack­er­man was the only bats­man to post a de­cent score, mak­ing 77, but coach Im­raan Khan will not be im­pressed by him be­ing caught on the boundary two balls af­ter tea.

Pic­ture: Gallo Im­ages

EASY DOES IT. Co­bras all-rounder Ja­son Smith scored a pa­tient 85 on the se­cond day of their CSA 4-day se­ries match against the Knights at Boland Park yes­ter­day.

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