The fourth round of the 4-Day Franchise series got underway on Monday.
Dupavillon puts on a clinic in Durban
The Knights, having won the toss before opting to bat in Durban, were skittled by the Dolphins thanks to a stunning return of 7/38 (14.3) by speedster Daryn Dupavillon.
It was a superb effort from the 26-year-old, who made his ODI debut for the Proteas against Australia back in March.
Remarkably, five of Dupavillon’s wickets were ‘bowled’ – there was also one LBW – as the Knights were all out for a paltry 116.
The Dolphins then also struggled with the bat, though, stuttering their way to 169/7 at stumps on day one with a lead of 53 runs to show for their efforts.
Grant Roelofsen (65*) was still standing for the hosts on a day in which a total of 17 wickets fell.
Knights 116 (Vandiar 39, Dupavillon 7/38, Muthusamy 2/15)
Dolphins 169/7 (Roelofson 65*, Zondo 35, Coetzee 3/38)
Dolphins lead by 53 runs with three first-innings wickets remaining
Malan reminds of Proteas credentials with Cobras ton
Opener Pieter Malan was the backbone of the Cobras’ first innings haul of 351/5 at the end of the opening day of their clash against the Titans at SuperSport Park.
Malan or the Titans’ Aiden Markram, also in the runs this domestic season, is expected to open the batting for the Proteas against Sri Lanka later this year alongside Dean Elgar and this was a massive statement from the 31-year-old.
Malan was eventually dismissed for 125 on a day where the rest of the Cobras top order all got starts but failed to kick on.
Aviwe Mgijima was the exception at No 5, carding a fine 86.
The Cobras are the only side in this year’s competition yet to register a win and coach Ashwell Prince will surely be pleased with their position in the match so far.
Markram took a wicket and two catches for the Titans while Lizaad Williams, Thando Ntini, Dayyaan Galiem and Grant Thomson took a wicket each.
Cobras 351/5 (Malan 125, Mgijima 86, Thomson 1/11, Markram 1/17)
Cobras lead by 351 with five first-innings wickets remaining
Marshall ton sets Lions up in PE
Wesley Marshall’s 145 helped the Lions to 385/8 against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth.
The 26-year-old Easterns product wasted no time after coming in at No 4 with his side in trouble at 15/2, facing just 160 balls and carding 21 fours and 3 sixes along the way.
He had able support from Ryan Rickelton (72) and Proteas allrounder Wiaan Mulder (91).
Basheer Walters was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts and after doing the initial damage up front, he then also picked up a couple of important scalps in the final session to finish with 5/58.
Lions 385/8 (Marshall 145, Mulder 91, Rickelton 72, Walters 5/58)
Lions lead by 385 with five first-innings wickets remaining.