SUNFOIL SERIES: Wickets tumble in Cape Town, Titans close in on victory in Bloemfontein

Thirteen wickets fell on the third day in Cape Town, with Lions closing 273 runs ahead of the home side on 166 for seven in their second innings.

Cape Cobras had earlier lost their last six wickets for the addition of only 58 runs to be bowled out for 306 as leg-spinner Eddie Leie accounted for three of them. The overnight pairing of Justin Ontong and Dane Vilas both fell just shy of three figures; the former run-out for 94 and the latter leg-before to Dwaine Pretorius (3-34) for 89.

Lions openers Stephen Cook and Rassie van der Dussen then made a promising start in adding 48 but van der Dussen fell to Mthokozisi Shezi for 33 as the first in a mini-collapse of three for 15. 23 year-old left-arm spinner George Linde took over from Shezi and dispatched Dominic Hendricks (0), Devon Conway (11), Thami Tsolekile (9) and Pretorius (16) prior to stumps.

Scores in brief: Lions 413 (McKenzie 125, Hendricks 99) & 166-7 lead Cape Cobras 306 by 273 runs.
Day one report | Day two report

Knights recovered from a poor start to close on 180 for three after being set an unlikely 549 in the fourth innings by a Titans second innings declaration in Bloemfontein.

Rowan Richards continued from where he had left off on day two by having Reeza Hendricks caught behind in his second over. Marchant de Lange then removed Gerhardt Abrahams first ball, with Gihaan Cloete following soon afterwards to Richards to make it 42 for three. A heavy defeat appeared on the cards at this point but Rudi Second and Pite van Biljon combined to add an unbroken 138 for the fourth-wicket. Second ended on 76 with van Biljon on 73.

A century from Roelof van der Merwe had earlier helped Titans declare their second dig at 367 for seven to set the leaders their imposing target. He and Farhaan Behardien took their overnight fourth-wicket stand to 171 before Behardien was sent packing by Malusi Siboto for 83. A rapid 50 off 48 balls followed from David Wiese to hasten the end of the innings.

Scores in brief: Titans 366 (Kuhn 132) & 367-7d lead Knights 185 (Richards 5-38) & 180-3 by 368 runs.
Day one report | Day two report

A draw looks the most likely result after a truncated third day in Pietermaritzburg. Ryan McLaren hit an undefeated century to give Dolphins an unexpected slender first innings lead of 17. He and Imran Tahir progressed their ninth-wicket partnership to 64 before the leg-spinner was run-out for 33. McLaren then dominated a last-wicket stand of 72 with Craig Alexander, who was finally sent packing by JJ Smuts with the score on 370.

Warriors faced less than 30 overs in reply before stumps, closing on 75 for two, with Michael Price continuing on from his first innings century to end on 42. David White (4) and Smuts (13) are the men dismissed courtesy of Alexander and Robbie Frylinck respectively.

Scores in brief: Warriors 353 (Price 113, Tahir 4-83) & 75-2 lead Dolphins 370 (van Jaarsveld 71) by 58 runs.
Day one report | Day two report

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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