Cobras piling up the runs
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.