Co­bras pil­ing up the runs

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Ken Bor­land

Ge­orge Linde, the lead­ing wicket-taker in this sea­son’s Do­mes­tic Four-Day Series, shone with the bat yes­ter­day as his su­perb un­beaten cen­tury put the Cape Co­bras in con­trol of their match against the Ti­tans on the sec­ond day at New­lands.

Linde, who has taken 28 wick­ets at 17.85 with his or­tho­dox lef­t­arm spin, scored 121 not out off just 156 balls, with 14 fours and two sixes.

With the Co­bras on 198/5 re­ply­ing to the Ti­tans’ 287, Linde’s ef­fort in tak­ing the home side to 404 /6, a lead of 117, is a po­ten­tially match-win­ning one.

Linde shared a sixth-wicket stand of 173 with Matthew Klein­veldt (above), who bat­ted with ex­tra­or­di­nary de­ter­mi­na­tion in mak­ing 142 in more than eight hours at the crease, while Ja­son Smith added 59.

In Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, The Oval pitch sud­denly came alive with pos­si­bil­ity for the bowlers as 16 wick­ets fell on the sec­ond day of the match be­tween the Dol­phins and the Im­pe­rial Lions.

The Dol­phins be­gan the day on 231/2 and opener Sarel Erwee bat­ted on to reach his cen­tury, bat­ting through into the af­ter­noon as he scored 136 in seven-and-aquar­ter hours.

But with swing bowler Beu­ran Hen­dricks nip­ping out Vaughn van Jaarsveld (47) and Cody Chetty (0) in suc­ces­sive overs with the sec­ond new ball, a gap was opened for Wi­han Lubbe’s off-spin.

The highly-promis­ing 27-yearold all-rounder took ca­reer-best fig­ures of five for 43 as the Dol­phins col­lapsed to 381 all out, los­ing their last eight wick­ets for 83 runs.

The Lions bats­men had strug­gles of their own, how­ever, as they slumped to 122/8 at stumps, stran­gled by the spin of Prenelan Subrayen (9-0-21-2) and Senu­ran Muthusamy (12-2-36-2) and thor­oughly un­set­tled by the pace of Daryn Du­pavil­lon (8-3-19-3).

Reeza Hen­dricks was the only bats­man to look com­fort­able as he scored 49, be­fore Chetty plucked a bril­liant catch at short mid-on from a firm drive off Muthusamy.

In East Lon­don, the 21-year-old Ray­nard van Ton­der showed what a well-oiled bat­ting ma­chine he is be­com­ing as he scored 80 not out to take the Knights to 149/3, al­ready eight runs ahead of the War­riors, who were bowled out for just 141.

Van Ton­der’s in­nings, a 157ball ef­fort of great flu­ency, took his tally this sea­son to 726 runs, 91 ahead of team-mate Ed Moore.

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