De Villiers Shines With Bat And Ball
JUAN DE VILLIERS made an impact with both bat and ball as The Unlimited Titans took control of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Chevrolet Knights on day two at SuperSport Park.

De Villiers hit 59 over the first part of the day to extend the Titans’ first-innings total to 366, and then weighed in with the last two wickets in the final half-hour of the day as the Knights were reduced to 212 for eight in reply.

Friday’s events were a knock to the Knights’ title challenge after they had begun the day in a good position with the Titans on 268 for seven, and they will need a strong rearguard to pull off the victory that would keep the pressure on the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.

De Villiers was yet to get off the mark at the start of day two, but added 81 with David Wiese (45) to keep the Titans innings ticking along.

It was similar to the Titans’ lower-order heroics last month at the Diamond Oval, when their last pair put on 106 to give the Titans a first-innings lead on their way to a seven-wicket win.

On this occasion De Villiers was the last man out when he was caught behind off the bowling of Werner Coetsee.

Wiese then made an impact with the ball as he dismissed both Knights openers cheaply, before Marchant de Lange claimed his first franchise wicket after a lengthy injury lay-off when he had Rilee Rossouw caught for 23 to leave the visitors on 46 for three.

Rudi Second (38) and Obus Pienaar led a short revival before Shaun von Berg ripped through the middle-order, dismissing both batsmen as well as Gerhardt Abrahams.

Coetsee took the attack back to the Titans as he hit nine fours and a six in an unbeaten 57 from 61 balls, but De Villiers’ double-strike at the end of the day meant that the Knights captain is running out of partners.

Rory Too Hot For Warriors To Handle
Rory Kleinveldt scored a handy half-century and took four important wickets as the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras moved into a commanding position on day two of their Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Sahara Park Newlands.

On what could prove to be a critical day in the title race, Kleinveldt’s 66 helped to extend the Cobras total to 378, before the fast bowler claimed 4 for 40 to dismiss the Warriors for just 158.

The Cobras then moved to 31 without loss in their second innings, taking an overall lead of 251 to the midway point in the match.

The log leaders began the day on 282 for five, but soon lost Justin Kemp to Andrew Birch.

However, Stiaan van Zyl extended his score from an overnight 116 not out to 143, which took him past the 900-run mark for the season.

The left-hander was eventually caught behind off the bowling of Basheeru-Deen Walters, who cleaned up the tail to finish with figures of 4 for 72 – though not before Kleinveldt had struck four sixes in an attacking 59-ball knock.

The Warriors reply was in trouble early on and never really recovered.

While Dane Paterson accounted for David White, Kleinveldt dismissed Colin Ackermann, Ashwell Prince, Ryan Bailey and Simon Harmer as the visitors fell to 65 for six.

Opener Michael Price took the patient approach as he tried to ride out the tough start, hitting just one boundary in the opening 30 overs, but it failed to pay off when Travis Muller trapped him lbw for 24 and then had Birch caught and bowled.

That left the Warriors on 97 for eight, but wicketkeeper-batsman Athenkosi Dyili struck a spirited 49 and shared a 59-run stand with Rusty Theron to prevent a complete disaster.

Paterson, Muller and Dane Piedt each finished with two wickets as the Warriors innings was wrapped up inside 62 overs.

Having grabbed such a definitive advantage in the match, Cobras openers Andrew Puttick and Omphile Ramela were in no mood to relinquish it in the final hour of the day and eased through the remaining 16 overs.

Van Wyk Brothers Set Up Dolphins Declaration
CONTRASTING half-centuries from the two Van Wyks allowed the Sunfoil Dolphins to make an aggressive declaration on day two of their Sunfoil Series match against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, but the Lions openers ensured there was no immediate reward for the home side’s positive play.

While Divan van Wyk scored 93 at a standard strike rate of around 50 to give the Dolphins a stable base, Morne van Wyk hit 57 from 61 balls to set up the declaration at 329 for seven.

That left the Lions with a tricky half-hour, but Stephen Cook (13 not out) and Rassie van der Dussen (26 not out) stood firm to see the visitors to stumps on 40 without loss.

Day one of the encounter had been lost to the weather and so both sides had a sense of urgency.

The Lions won the toss and opted to field first, but opening batsmen, Imraan Khan (39) and Divan van Wyk, negated any early assistance for the Lions seamers as they constructed a 70-run stand.

That was ended when Cliffe Deacon had Khan caught behind by Sizwe Masondo, the Soweto-born wicketkeeper, who was making his debut for the Lions.

When Khaya Zondo and Cody Chetty departed to Hardus Viljoen in the space of nine balls the Dolphins were in a little bit of bother at 140 for three, but Van Wyk put on 65 for the fourth wicket with Sarel Erwee (34).

Another double-strike saw both batsmen fall in quick succession, with Erwee becoming 18-year-old debutant Kagiso Rabada’s first wicket at this level, but Morne van Wyk smashed nine boundaries as the Dolphins went after quick runs before declaring.

Kyle Abbott, Daryn Dupavillon and the game’s other debutant, 22-year-old fast bowler Matthew Pillans, were unable to make inroads, leaving the Lions trailing by 289 runs with all of their first-innings wickets in hand.