WRAP | 4-Day Franchise Series: Sensational Snyman headlines local cricket's return

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Jacques Snyman of VKB Knights after reaching his 100 during day 1 of the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series between VKB Knights and Warriors at Mangaung Oval on November 02, 2020 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images),
Jacques Snyman of VKB Knights after reaching his 100 during day 1 of the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series between VKB Knights and Warriors at Mangaung Oval on November 02, 2020 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images),

Domestic cricket officially returned on Monday with the start of the 4-Day Franchise Series.

Here's a wrap of the day's action.

Smashing Snyman puts Warriors to the sword

If you want to see the mythical century before lunch, it's a good bet to go watch a Knights batsman do it.

Jacques Snyman, a 26-year-old all-rounder, reinforced his reputation as one of the hardest hitters on the local circuit by becoming the first player in a decade to achieve that feat.

Rilee Rossouw, playing for the Knights' alter ego the Eagles, was the previous batsman to do so in a knock where he would eventually end with 319.

By the end of the 28th over, he was out, having struck an incredible 78-ball 108 that featured 18 fours and two sixes.

So dominant was Snyman that it required a smart run out from Matthew Breetzke to dismiss him. 

His assault proved the bedrock of a brilliant first-day for Allan Donald as the franchise's new coach as the men from Bloemfontein galloped to 405/5 by the close of play at the Mangaung Oval.

The Warriors, laid down by six absentees due to Covid-19 protocols, had a day to forget with the ball as Matthew Kleinveldt (73), Raynard van Tonder (82) and skipper Pite van Biljon (53) all chipped in with half-centuries.

And, to merely compound the misery, 37-year-old Farhaan Behardien - who joined from the Titans in the off-season - was at his silky best with a superb, unbeaten 67.

Knights 405/5 in 96 overs (Jacques Snyman 108, Raynard van Tonder 82, Farhaan Behardien 67*, Marco Jansen 2/73)

Revamped Titans attack bares teeth

Former Cobras seamer Lizaad Williams came back to haunt his former team-mates as he spearheaded an efficient Titans bowling performance at Newlands.

The 27-year-old ended with fine figures of 4/51 from 22 economical overs as the hosts declared their first innings on 264/9, allowing them to have a crack at their opponents' Proteas Test opening pair of Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram.

The move paid off handsomely as the left-arm spin of George Linde accounted for Markram, who frustratingly stepped onto his stumps after working a delivery to leg.

It was a nice boost of confidence for the Cobras, who would've otherwise lamented a batting effort that didn't seem to get going.

Pieter Malan's 51 was the only innings of substance though there were useful contributions from Linde (43) and a dogged Kyle Verreynne (39).

Okuhle Cele, another new recruit for the Titans, supported Williams well with 2/45 while Proteas tweaker Tabraiz Shamsi took 3/80, including the key scalp of Cobras captain Zubayr Hamza.

Cape Cobras 264/9 dec in 91 overs (Pieter Malan 51, George Linde 43, Lizaad Williams 4/51, Tabraiz Shamsi 3/80) lead the Titans 4/1 in 3 overs (Linde 1/0) by 260 runs

Beguiling Reeza fails to convert

Only 55 overs were possible in the battle between the Dolphins and Highveld Lions at Kingsmead but it was enough for Reeza Hendricks to once again showcase his frustrating habit of not converting promising scores.

The Lions' elegant opener stroked 13 fours his 76 off 86 deliveries before missing a straight one from Ottneil Baartman, which trapped him leg before.

Andile Phehlukwayo won a Protea-battle by dismissing his national team-mate Rassie van der Dussen for a painstaking 26-ball stay that fetched a single run.

Yet there weren't any further alarms for the Lions as Temba Bavuma, who'll resume on 30, played out time.

Highveld Lions 152/3 in 55 overs (Reeza Hendricks 76, Temba Bavuma 30)

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