Von Berg leaves Knights reel­ing

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

PRE­TO­RIA — Ti­tans legspin­ner Shaun von Berg took three wick­ets to leave the Knights reel­ing on 212 for eight at stumps in their first in­nings on day two of their do­mes­tic four­day match at Su­perS­port Park, in Cen­tu­rion, yes­ter­day.

Von Berg re­turned fig­ures of 3/59, in­clud­ing two wick­ets for eight runs in his first seven over spell. He claimed the scalps of mid­dle or­der bats­men Rudi Sec­ond (38), Obus Pien­aar (14) and Ger­hardt Abrahams (26) to re­duce the Knights to 140 for six.

Only a counter­punch­ing in­nings of 57 un­beaten from 61 balls, in­clud­ing nine fours from Werner Coet­see, gave some re­spectabil­ity to an other­wise poor batting ef­fort.

At the top of the in­nings, David Wiese bowled a fiery open­ing spell and picked up the wick­ets of Reeza Hen­dricks (3) and Gi­hahn Cloete (12).

From the other end, Marchant de Lange, play­ing for the Ti­tans for the first time since Novem­ber, worked up good pace. De Lange claimed the key wicket of Rilee Ros­souw for 23 as the Knights fell to 46 for three.

Ear­lier in the day, the Ti­tans re­sumed on their overnight to­tal of 268 for seven, and Wiese (45) and JP de Vil­liers (59) shared in a cru­cial 81 run eighth wicket stand, as the hosts posted 366 in their first in­nings.

In Cape Town, the Co­bras made 378 all out in their first in­nings against the War­riors. Sti­aan van Zyl was top scorer with a fine knock of 143.

On 282 for five overnight, Justin Kemp (33) de­parted af­ter adding just three to his score, caught by Ashwell Prince.

Down the or­der, Rory Klein­veldt made 66 be­fore he was bowled by Si­mon Harmer to end the in­nings.

Basheeru­Deen Wal­ters had the best fig­ures of 4/72 for the War­riors.

In their re­ply to the Co­bras im­pos­ing to­tal, the vis­i­tors were in huge trou­ble from the start.

Klein­veldt was again in­volved, this time with the ball as he re­moved Colin Ack­er­mann (11), Prince (4) and Ryan Bai­ley (4), as the War­riors were left 50 for five.

The score soon be­came 97 for eight, be­fore Athenkosi Dy­ili (49) and Rusty Theron (28) at­tempted a re­cov­ery. To­gether the pair shared in a 59 run ninth wicket stand — the best of the in­nings for the War­riors, as they were 158 all out. Klein­veldt ended with 4/40 in his 18 overs.

The Co­bras opted not to en­force the fol­low­on and open­ers Om­phile Ramela (16) and Andrew Puttick (12) came out to see the hosts to 31 with­out loss at stumps, and a lead of 251. — Sapa.

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