Van Wyk spoils Knights’ chances of chasing down leaders Cobras

2014-04-04 00:00

A MAGNIFICENT 128 by Divan van Wyk propelled the Sunfoil Dolphins to 305 for two at stumps yesterday on the opening day of the Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Knights at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein.

Van Wyk’s ultra-marathon lasted 372 minutes and he faced 283 balls while hitting 20 fours on his way to 128.

He was dismissed in the 92nd over when he was caught by Reeza Hendricks off Malusi Siboto.

Khaya Zondo, on 71 (off 105 balls with 10 fours and a six), and Cody Chetty, on 14, will resume today.

Van Wyk’s 14th first-class century provided the statistical highlight on the first day of the final round of Sunfoil Series matches against the Knights, who have seen their title chances all but disappear in a run-fest dominated by Van Wyk and Imraan Khan.

The flat pitch and the batting-friendly conditions created a mismatch between bat and ball.

Van Wyk cruised to his century off 238 balls in 298 minutes, including 16 boundaries. Khan and Van Wyk produced a perfect platform for the visitors by adding 169 runs in 64.1 overs for the opening wicket.

Their 150-run partnership came off 230 balls.

With their excellent partnership they have almost denied the Knights their mathematical chance of chasing down the table-topping Cape Cobras in the bonus point title-chase.

The Cobras were 19,08 points ahead before the last round of Sunfoil Series matches started yesterday, but the Knights needed their full quota of bowling bonus points in order to reduce the points difference.

They could only take two wickets yesterday in 96 overs.

Khan finally perished just before the tea interval when he was caught behind by Rudi Second off Duanne Olivier for 83. He faced 178 balls and hit 17 fours.

The valiant attack tried their best to curb the run-rate. They were without Quinton Friend, arguably the franchise’s best fast bowler this season. Friend captured 35 wickets, but could not pass a fitness test due to a hamstring injury.

After the tea break, Van Wyk raced to his century and received excellent assistance from Zondo, who looked untroubled against a tiring attack.

Siboto conceded only 14 runs in his first 12 overs, but was punished in his next spell as 22 runs were slammed in his next three overs.

Olivier captured 1-65 in 18 overs. Siboto finished with 1-55 in 20 overs.


Dolphins first innings

D van Wyk c Hendricks b Siboto128

I Khan c Second b Olivier83

K Zondo not out71

C Chetty not out14

Extras: (lb1, w6, nb2)9

TOTAL: (for two wickets, 96 overs)305

Fall of wickets: 1-169, 2-287

Bowling: Van der Wath 16-3-46-0 (1nb), Dry 13-4-39-0, Olivier 18-3-65-1 (1nb, 4w), Siboto 20-7-55-1 (2w), Coetsee 27-5-86-0, Henricks 2-0-13-0.

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