Van Wyk brothers dictate proceedings

2015-02-28 00:00

BAD light brought an early end to matters on the second day of the four-day clash between the Dolphins and Knights at Kingsmead yesterday, with the visitors 72-3 after 23 overs in their first innings. Players left the field with 18 overs in the day remaining.

This in reply to the Dolphins’ 455-5 declared, a total dominated by the Van Wyk brothers, Divan and Morné, who shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 128 from 195 balls, both ending with three-figure scores. This is the first time two brothers had made centuries in the same innings in South African domestic first class cricket. Previously, half-brothers Gary and Peter Kirsten had made centuries for Western Province against Eastern Province in Port Elizabeth in the 1989/90 Currie Cup final, Gary getting 175 and Peter 128.

Divan continued from his overnight 109 to 171, his highest franchise score for the Dolphins, while Morné, coming in at the fall of Daryn Smit’s wicket, continued his solid form against his former team-mates ending undefeated on 103 from 129 balls.

Starting the day on 240-3, the Dolphins needed to up the ante and push the scoring rate, setting a decent total for the Knights to chase while allowing time to take wickets. Smit, on 60, added a further seven runs before being bowled around his legs by Shadley van Schalkwyk in the ninth over of the day in a patient innings lasting 239 minutes. With Divan van Wyk, he added 153 for the fourth wicket, allowing Morné van Wyk to play his shots once he arrived at the crease.

The brothers kept the scoreboard ticking and at lunch the Dolphins had reached 351-4 after 132 overs, Divan on 156 and Morne on 57. At that stage, they had added 93 for the fifth wicket, scoring at 3.38 to the over.

After lunch, Morné stepped on the gas, but not before Divan finally left the scene after a marathon 569 minutes at the crease having been there from the start, the total on 386.

Once he reached his century, ably assisted by Andile Phehlukwayo (42* from 35 balls), Morné declared the innings, allowing Knights openers Reeza Hendricks and Gihahn Cloete to enjoy six overs before the break. They enjoyed a cracking start, reaching 36-1 at tea, Cloete out for 17.

Tumelo Bodibe (0) and Rudi Second (18) were the other two wickets to fall before the early close. Hendricks (34*) and Pite van Biljon (0*) will resume ­today. The Dolphins used six bowlers, Daryn Dupavillon, Keeshav Maharj and Matthew Pillans the wicket-takers.

“I’m thrilled for Divan. This was a ‘Big Daddy’ hundred and one that deserves to be noticed by the selectors, particularly when selecting an SA ‘A’ side,” said Morné. “We were unaware of our historic achievement as siblings and although there is a six-year age gap between us, we have always got on well — as our partnership showed.

“We grew up with sport and the only time we have had any rivalry with things getting a little heated between us, was playing rugby on Playstation.”

Today’s play starts at Kingsmead at 9 am and entry is free.

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