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Latest News and Match Day Reports – Day 2

Latest News and Match Day Reports from Day 2 of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series.

Imperial Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins

A maiden 4-Day Domestic Series century by Ryan Rickelton kept the Imperial Lions afloat after two days of their crucial clash against a Keshav Maharaj-inspired Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Johannesburg on Monday.

The young left-hander was unbeaten on 143 (256 balls, 21 fours) when stumps were drawn at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium where Proteas spinner Maharaj claimed five for 83 to give the visitors the edge.

The hosts ended the day on 274 for seven in pursuit of 375 posted by the opposition, meaning they trailed by 101 with only three wickets standing.

The Lions were frustrated at the start of the day when the Dolphins’ tail wagged nicely to lift them from 334 for nine to 375 all out – Lifa Ntanzi striking 26 and Beuran Hendricks eventually taking the final wicket for figures of three for 69.

The reply initially was ominous from the home side as Dominic Hendricks (21) helped Rickelton put on 55 for the first wicket, followed by the centurion adding 134 with Reeza Hendricks (52 off 91 balls, 5 fours, 2 sixes) for the next wicket.

That put Wandile Gwavu’s team in a wonderful position on 189 for one, but they then lost their way as Maharaj began to make inroads.

The slow left-armer took out Reeza, Rassie van der Dussen (3), Kagiso Rapulana (9), Wiaan Mulder (16) and Sisanda Magala (4) in an impressive 31 overs to change the face of the game.

All the time Rickelton remained firm at the other end, completing his sixth first-class ton and beating his previous best franchise score of 72 for the Lions against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth earlier in the season.

Momentum Multiply Titans v VKB Knights 

Farhaan Behardien recorded his 12th career century to ensure the VKB Knights had moved into command at the halfway stage of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Momentum Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Monday.

The veteran right-hander produced an outstanding unbeaten 126 (233 balls, 13 fours) as the Pool A leaders went to stumps on 307 for six against their hosts, who lead Pool B.

That put the Central Franchise 44 runs ahead in the cross-pool encounter, with key contributions also coming from the competition’s top run-scorer Raynard van Tonder (52 off 123 balls, 4 fours) and Patrick Kruger (69 off 99 balls, 9 fours).

The Knights had started day two well-placed on 23 for none having dismissed the Titans for 263 on the first evening.

They lost three key men early on after Matthew Kleinveldt (13), Jacques Snyman (15) and Pite van Biljon (13) fell cheaply – the former two falling at the hands of Lizaad Williams (3/63). That left the score on 49 for three.

But Van Tonder, who took his season tally to 656 runs, added 106 for the fourth wicket alongside Behardien, who then added a further 113 for the next wicket alongside Kruger.

It left Allan Donald’s side in a powerful position as they went past the Titans’ score and into the lead. Two late wickets did pull things back slightly, but Behardien importantly remained unbeaten at the end.

Cape Cobras vs Warriors

A maiden career double century by Kyle Verreynne together with George Linde’s ton helped the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras enjoy one of their best days of the 4-Day Domestic Series season on the second day of their clash against the Warriors in Cape Town on Monday.

The young wicketkeeper recorded a fine unbeaten 216 off 327 balls (22 fours, 5 sixes) – the highest individual score of the season – as the hosts amassed 513 for six declared at Six Gun Grill Newlands.

Verreynne shared in a 192-run sixth-wicket stand alongside Linde, who made 107 (162 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes), with both men compiling their fourth career centuries in the process.

There was also a first-ever red-ball 50 by Imraan Manack (55* off 87 balls, 6 fours, 1 six), which helped the Cobras bat for a total of 144 overs, before the Warriors went to stumps on 32 for one.

It completed a superb day for Ashwell Prince’s side as they bid for a first win of the first-class campaign.

Rain had hampered the opening day of the match when only 52 overs were sent down, but the Cobras made up for lost time with a splendid display of batting.

After the early losses of Tony de Zorzi (68 off 175 balls, 9 fours) and Jason Smith (6), the two centurions made the visitors toil during their near-200 stand. That was followed by the Verreynne-Manack partnership that ended unbroken at the end at a value of 122 for the seventh wicket.

Verreynne’s eventual total smashed his previous best score of 155 against the Titans in Benoni last season.

Nandre Burger (1/9) then bagged the wicket of Eddie Moore (11), to complete a wonderful second day for the hosts.

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