Wicket drought in Bloem

Khaya Zondo (Gallo Images)
Khaya Zondo (Gallo Images)
Bloemfontein - Batsmen continued to make hay at Chevrolet Park on Friday as just five wickets fell for the addition of 364 runs, and at the end of it the Dolphins would have been the happier side even if their bowlers failed to make an impact on the Knights openers in their Sunfoil Series encounter.

While Khaya Zondo went on to score his second ton of the campaign, two other batsmen made half-centuries and no one scored less than 24 as the Dolphins posted 564 for seven declared.

The Knights responded strongly, with Reeza Hendricks and Gihahn Cloete taking them to 105 without loss from 31 overs to leave them 459 runs behind.

Their hopes of overhauling the Cape Cobras in the final standings is now well and truly over, so their focus is likely to shift to avoiding defeat and securing second position.

Zondo began the day on 71 not out while Cody Chetty was 14 not out, and the pair extended their partnership to 102 before they were finally parted by Dean Elgar.

The left-armer bowled Chetty for 54, and eight overs later the Knights had further success when Malusi Siboto bowled Zondo for 119.

However there was more frustration to come for the hosts as Daryn Smit added 69, and Kyle Abbott and Keshav Maharaj both scored 33 at around a run a ball.

Maharaj’s dismissal in the 162nd over brought the declaration with a couple of hours remaining in the day, but none of the Dolphins’ six bowlers could achieve a breakthrough.

Hendricks went to stumps unbeaten on 57, while Cloete was 42 not out.
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