File photo – Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s 154 was the only century of the match © AFP
Kingsmead saw a tame draw between Dolphins and Warriors after inclement weather resulted in a curtailed second day, and a third day that had to be called off without a ball being bowled. In the 180.4 overs the match saw, Dolphins’ Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Divan van Wyk and left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy delivered standout performances. Warriors batsman Colin Ackermann, who scored 81 in the first innings, was their only notable show.
Asked to bat, Warriors’ innings consisted of a 102-run partnership between two batting collapses. After their openers put on 47 runs, Warriors soon saw themselves at 99 for 4. Ackermann stitched a century stand for the fifth wicket with Somila Seyibokwe (54) to take Warriors past 200, but with Seyibokwe’s dismissal, a second Warriors collapse saw them all out for 231. Muthusamy accounted for Ackermann and three other lower-order wickets as he returned figures of 4 for 49.
Dolphins, who finished the first day on 39 for no loss, then batted through spells of poor weather to take a comfortable lead. Van Jaarsveld struck his 15th first-class century, scoring 154 while putting together consecutive century partnerships. He added 145 runs for the second wicket with van Wyk (95) and another 116 runs with Cody Chetty. By the time van Jaarsveld – whose century earned him the Player-of-the-Match award – was dismissed in the 86th over, the Dolphins lead had gone past 100 and the teams agreed on a draw after playing 40 overs on the last day. Dolphins earned 9.22 points while Warriors got only 3.62 points from the match.
Cape Cobras cruised to a six-wicket win in Outdshoorn against Lions after they chased down the target of 237 inside 44 overs, on the final day. Wayne Parnell struck the game’s only century in the final innings as well as contributed with the ball to take Cape Cobras to their first win in three matches.
Lions were on the backfoot within the game’s first session as they crumbled to 44 for 6 in under 23 overs. Dwaine Pretorius scored 35, but with his dismissal, Lions soon folded for 126 inside 64 overs as Parnell collected four of the last five wickets.
In their first innings, Cobras quickly overcame Lions’ score, before they were eventually all out for 273, Opener Omphile Ramela struck 75 while Aviwe Magijima hit 73 as useful partnerships took them to a lead of 147, but they were let down by the rest of their batting. Dane Piedt remained not out on 48. Pretorius and Willem Mulder took three wickets each,
Lions put on a stronger batting performance second-time around, as Nicky van den Bergh‘s 93 helped his team recover from 48 for 4. He shared 97 runs with Pretorius (62) for the fifth wicket before falling soon afterward. A late-surge from the tailenders, who batted alongside Bjorn Fortuin (72) took Lions to 383, giving Cape Cobras a target of 237 with two sessions to go.
With time running out, Cape Cobras started swiftly. By the time their first wicket fell in the 15th over, they were on 74. Ramela hit 36 of those runs before a 125-run second-wicket partnership Parnell (103*) and Stiaan van Zyl (64) took them to 199, before the latter was his team’s second wicket. By then, the game was already in the bag and Cape Cobras completed the win, soon after Parnell reached only his second first-class ton.
In Bloemfontein, a dangerous pitch after two days of rain saw the match between Knights and Titans being abandoned without a ball being bowled.
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