Sunfoil series wrap: De Lange tears through Dolphins

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Five wickets by Marchant de Lange put the Knights in the pound seats at the halfway stage of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Dolphins at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Friday.

The fast bowler claimed an impressive five for 57 to blow the visitors away for 237 in reply to the champions’ 478 all out earlier on day two.

With 241 runs the difference between the two sides, the hosts then enforced the follow on, although the Dolphins managed to reach the close without further damage on 9/0.

The Knights, who endured a miserable three months of white ball cricket, continued their dominance of the game from the start of day two when their last four wickets added 78, including a quick-fire 70 (67 balls, 7 fours, 3 sixes) from Shadley van Schalkwyk.

Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the bowlers with a five for 128, the 18th time he had taken five wickets or more in an innings.

But his five-for was trumped by De Lange as the home side landed regular blows against their KwaZulu-Natal visitors.

There were two notable contributions for the Dolphins with Senuran Muthusamy top-scoring with 95 (193 balls, 13 fours) and Robbie Frylinck striking a free-scoring 57 (65 balls, 7 fours, 1 six).

But De Lange’s 10th career five-wicket haul and first of the season led to the Momentum One-Day Cup joint champions being bowled out in 68.4 overs to leave the Knights in complete control at the close.

Dane Piedt starred with bat and ball to give the Cape Cobras the advantage over the Titans after two days of their Sunfoil Series clash at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday.

The visiting captain first struck 74 (116 balls, 9 fours), before grabbing three for 43 as the Cape side reached the halfway stage of the game ahead by 260 runs.

They were first bowled out for 428 and then saw the home side reply with 168 for three.

Pieter Malan, who started the day unbeaten on 103, eventually ended as the top scorer with 137 (317 balls, 12 fours, 1 six).

The opener was well supported by Piedt, before they were eventually bowled out in 119 overs.

Eldred Hawken was the pick of the home bowlers with three for 60 with Malusi Siboto (2/66), Rowan Richards (2/76) and Shaun von Berg (2/125) all picking up two wickets apiece.

The Titans lost Tony de Zorzi (14) and skipper Dean Elgar (24) cheaply, but a maiden franchise half-century by Andrea Agathangelou (51 off 89 balls, 8 fours) and Heino Kuhn’s 57 not out (90 balls, 10 fours) helped rebuild.

The pair put on 82 for the third wicket, before the former lost his wicket leaving Rivaldo Moonsamy (17 not out) alongside Kuhn at the close.

A career-best six for 31 by Beuran Hendricks helped the Highveld Lions storm back into contention on day two of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.

After a below-par batting performance saw the visitors bowled out for 178 earlier on in the day – replying to 193 – they needed something special with the ball and the left-arm seamer delivered.

He helped blow the home side away for a paltry 145, leaving the Lions a victory target of just 161.

And the Warriors did not go down without a fight as they reduced their opponents to 12 for one by the close – the captain Stephen Cook (nought) the man falling to complete a rollercoaster day where a total of 18 wickets fell.

The day had begun with the Lions resuming on 77 for three as Rassie van der Dussen and Nicky van den Bergh returned to the middle.

The former batted for most of the innings on his way to a match-high 69 (146 balls, 9 fours) as wickets fell around him.

Jon-Jon Smuts (3/31) and Simon Harmer (3/46) picked up three each as the away side were shot out in 72.2 overs and with a deficit of 15.

The response was even more woeful by the home team as Hendricks ran riot with his 13th career five-for and best-ever franchise figures – surpassing the six for 54 he took for the Cape Cobras against the Dolphins back in the 2013/14 season.

Yaseen Vallie was the top-scorer with 40 for the Warriors, while Aaron Phangiso added two for 28 to his first-innings haul of five for 56.

Cook then fell first ball to give the hosts hope with the match finely poised heading into day three.

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