Von Berg leaves Knights reeling
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.