Vernon Philander and Pieter Malan both hit centuries and shared a record stand in a dominant second day of the 4-Day Domestic Series for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The pair put on 228 for the sixth wicket – smashing the previous mark of 176 by Ryan Canning and Owais Shah set in 2010/11 – as the hosts reached stumps on 317 for eight, a lead of 92.

Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Philander continued an impressive return from injury with his third career century, a patient 104 (228 balls, 13 fours), while Malan, who is turning out to be a run machine again this season, eventually fell for 153 (296 balls, 21 fours).

They batted for almost the entire day together and wrestled away the strong position held by the visitors at the start.

The Durbanites had the log leaders at their mercy early on after reducing them from their overnight 45 for four to 65 for five by the sixth over of day two.

However, it was one-way traffic from there as the Dolphins struggled to break through the stubborn Malan-Philander stand that lasted well over 70 overs.

It eventually was broken in the 94th over of the innings when Kerwin Mungroo (2/94) struck, with the same bowler then nabbing a second wicket by getting Dane Piedt (4).

Having completed his 29th first-class century, the resilient Malan eventually fell to Okuhle Cele (3/49) in the penultimate over of the day, although the home side were still powerfully placed at PPC Newlands.

Mthiwekhaya Nabe claimed a career-best and maiden five-wicket haul for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras before Robbie Frylinck’s three-for helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins storm back at the end of day one of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Cape Town on Monday.

Rising young fast bowler Nabe claimed five for 60 as the visitors were bowled out for a seemingly below-par 225, but veteran Frylinck’s three for 20 sent the hosts tumbling to stumps at 45 for four. It meant the log leaders still trailed by 180 when an early close was drawn due to bad light at PPC Newlands.

For the KwaZulu-Natal side, their strong fightback represented good character after the doom and gloom they found themselves in early on day one.

After throwing away a good opportunity to win their first match of the season when they went down to the Warriors in Durban last week, they again started poorly in the Mother City.

The returning Standard Bank Proteas Test star Vernon Philander (2/34), fit again after being sidelined with an ankle injury since the tour to Sri Lanka back in July, struck in the third over by removing Vaughn van Jaarsveld for 6.

Top scorer Cody Chetty, who made 71 (10 balls, 14 fours), fought back with Sarel Erwee during a 75-run second wicket stand, but that ended on 90 when Nabe nabbed his first wicket by trapping the latter leg before wicket for 35.

It was a regular loss of wickets from there as Nabe proved the thorn with his best figures since his four for 48 for Western Province against KwaZulu-Natal Inland in three-day cricket.

He was well supported by Philander, who sent down 14.3 overs, Dane Piedt (1/25), Dane Paterson (1/44) and Tladi Bokako (1/53).

Frylinck then dismissed Janneman Malan (6), Zubayr Hamza (17) and the in-form David Bedingham (0) – the latter two in success deliveries – to rock the Cobras.

Okuhle Cele (1/5) added the scalp of Aviwe Mgijima, also for a duck, with Pieter Malan (18) left fighting a lone battle at the close.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt knows that the Cobras, who sit at the top of the 4-Day Domestic Series log, will have to bring their A-game to the clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, when they host them at PPC Newlands starting on Monday.

 

“The Dolphins would want to atone for their defeat against the Warrriors,” said Piedt.

 

“We have won three out of three matches so far this campaign because the pitches have been responsive. The attack has also focused on pitching the ball up, testing batsmen and challenging their defensive capabilities. We have put pressure on bowling attacks and not let them settle down,” he said about the hosts’ amazing scoring rate in the first three games.

 

Piedt said in the eight-wicket win against the Multiply Titans, the Malan brothers, as openers, were prepared to bat for 150 overs, but the bowling attack was not consistent and gave them opportunities to attack the boundary ropes. This they did by scoring 132 runs for the opening wicket in a chase for 204. The team reached it for the loss of only two wickets.

 

In the first three games of the season, Tladi Bokako (16 wickets) and Dane Paterson (14 wickets) have taken half of the tally of sixty wickets. “They are very similar. They are fast bowlers who are both skiddy and they are a brilliant new-ball pairing,” he said.

 

The two took advantage of a responsive opening day pitch at SuperSport Park to dismiss the Titans for a paltry 122.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras skipper said he expected the Dolphins to try and set the record straight after their 93-run loss to the Warriors on Thursday. The Dolphins lost their way from 89 for two to 123 all out in a chase of 217.

 

“They have a good experienced team but good is also a cliché and ultimately the game is decided by who executes their skills the best. We are at the summit of the log and everybody will be coming hard at us, so we will have to be on top of our game.

 

“At SuperSport Park, we played a seven and a half out of ten game and it was not a perfect performance. We can increase our intensity and hold onto more catches,” he said.

 

One of the bonuses at SuperSport Park is the way the visitors controlled the run-rate and kept it down to 3.5 despite the big total of 418 the Titans amassed in the second innings.

 

“I want a similar commitment in the match against the Dolphins when the game at PPC Newlands starts on Monday,” Piedt said.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be strengthened by the possible presence of Vernon Philander, a test bowler that captured 9-75 against India in one of his most recent performances at the hallowed turf of PPC Newlands. He is one of the most dangerous new-ball bowlers in the world with his probing lengths and ability to nip the ball late off the seam both ways

The explosive brand of cricket and the collective belief were the keys to the comprehensive eight-wicket win by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Multiply Titans, in their 4-Day Domestic Series match at SuperSport Park, Centurion, said assistant coach Faiek Davids.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras reached the winning target of 204 in 43.2 overs, thanks mainly to the gung-ho approach by the belligerent Malan brothers, Janneman (63) and Pieter (87).

“I thought we played a very good (positive) brand of cricket from day one. There was a bit of assistance from the wicket and we capitalised on it and bowled them out cheaply on day one (for 122 runs),” Davids said.

“When we batted, we never complained about inconsistent bounce and lateral movement. We played a positive brand of cricket (at a rollicking rate of 4.91 and reached 337),” said Davids.

“The lead of 215 runs was massive. The wicket settled down and they had players that could occupy the crease for long periods, but in spite of the heat and a brilliant 230-run partnership between Jonathan Vandiar and Theunis de Bruyn, we stuck to our guns.

“At the end of day two, we got the wicket of Vandiar for 98 and Junior Dala for a duck.

“On Wednesday there were inspired spells by Dane Paterson and Tladi Bokako and we did not allow them to get above 3.5 runs per over. We did not allow them to get away from us.

“During that spell in which Vandiar and De Bruyn scored that 230 runs, we were perhaps not clinical enough. We dropped a few catches and bowled too many boundary balls. So we did not play the perfect game, but still, we had a collective belief.

“With the score of 204 to get, we decided on an adventurous and positive gameplan by the Malan brothers. We have the type of batsmen who are stroke players and who play at their best when they get into strong positions,” Davids said.

“The Titans, judging by their field placings and their bowling were more negative in the second innings. They tried to contain.”

The Malan brothers hammered 132 runs for the first wicket at a rollicking rate before Janneman Malan was out for 63. He struck six fours and a six in his 83-ball stay. Pieter Malan hammered 87 off 124 balls with fourteen fours. They laid the foundation for the victory, with good support by Zubayr Hamza and David Bedingham who ended the game unbeaten.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are at the summit of the log with 75.52 points, followed by the bizhub Highveld Lions with 53.98 points.

An opening stand of 132 between brothers Pieter and Janneman Malan led the way as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras made it three wins from three by completing an upset eight-wicket win over defending champions the Multiply Titans on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Centurion on Wednesday.

Both hit half-centuries in pursuit of a 204-victory target as the visitors wrapped up a fine win to extend their lead at the top of the competition standings.

Earlier, Theunis de Bruyn was finally dismissed for 147 (211 balls, 24 fours) – a performance that helped the hosts fight back really strongly following their dismal performance with the bat in the first innings when they were shot out for 122.

But they responded with 418 in the second innings with the Standard Bank Proteas batsman at the heart of their recovery. He added 20 to his overnight total before becoming the first man to fall on day three after adding 52 for the sixth wicket with Henry Davids (42).

The latter and Rivaldo Moonsamy (13) put on 27 together, before both fell in quick succession, with the Titans all out not long after in 114 overs.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with four for 78, including three wickets on what turned out to be the final morning. Tladi Bokako also shone with three for 94 – both men ending the game with seven wickets.

The Malan brothers then led a strong response with Pieter top-scoring by striking 87 (124 balls, 14 fours).

Janneman made 63 (83 balls, 6 fours, 1 six), while Zubayr Hamza finished the job with an unbeaten 39 that helped the Cobras solidify top spot after three rounds of the 2018/19 competition.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have been in popular demand and 12 of them were snapped out in the draft of the inaugural Mzansi Super League which starts on 16th November and finishes on 16th December.

Hashim Amla is the marque Protea for the Durban Heat.

The Paarl Rocks picked up the fast bowler Dane Paterson for R900 000,00 in the second round.

Paterson was a revelation in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge last season, taking wickets in the power play and producing consistent Yorkers at the business end of the competition. In his one One Day International against Zimbabwe recently he was the bowler of the match.

Rory Kleinveldt was snapped up in the fifth round by the Tshwane Spartans for R550 000.00. Kleinveldt, nicknamed The Big Show, is a tremendously clean hitter of the ball and finished the 4-Day Franchise Series match off against the VKB Knights with a glorious six over square leg. In the power play and in the death overs, he can be a menace.

Vernon Philander was the eighth round-choice of the Durban Heat. His probing bowling is legendary and he is close to a classical all-rounder who can hit bowlers out of the ground.

He was a match-winner in a RAM SLAM T20 Challenge match against the VKB Knights last season when he smashed Marchant de Lange in the penultimate over to propel the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to a close win.

Lizaad Williams, fast bowler of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, was snapped up in round eleven by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants for R100 000.00.

Tladi Bokako was selected for the Durban Heat in the fourteenth round of the draft for R50 000.00.

The Cape Town Blitz snapped up Janneman Malan in round seven for R250 000.00, George Linde for R180 000.00 in round nine, Ferisco Adams in round ten – he is called the Ice Man for his ability to win matches with bat and ball – Jason Smith in round eleven, Kyle Verreynne in round thirteen and Dane Piedt in round fourteen for R50 000.

Malan and the South African marque player, Quinton de Kock, can be a formidable pair at the top of the order as both are belligerent players.

“I am extremely proud of the quality and depth of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and I believe they could all have a profound impact on the final destination of the silverware at the inaugural Mzansi Super League,” said Nabeal Dien, Chief Executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.

“Some of our younger players are products of our sound pipeline structures and it makes one proud to see how this has impacted their development,” Dien added.

A marathon 230-run partnership between the in-form Theunis de Bruyn and Jonathan Vandiar gave the Multiply Titans some hope of avoiding defeat after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Centurion on Tuesday.

The pair helped their side establish an 86-run lead by stumps on day two with Standard Bank Proteas batsman De Bruyn leading the way thanks to his unbeaten 127 (161 balls, 22 fours).

Vandiar fell agonisingly short of three figures when he fell for 98 (158 balls, 11 fours, 5 sixes) less than five overs before the close, which the champions reached on 301 for five.

It left the home side still in with a chance of escaping with a positive result from the game against the log-leaders, something that looked extremely unlikely after they were shot out for just 122 on the opening day.

The Cobras had resumed at the start on 256 for eight and they managed to add 81 for the final two wickets thanks to a strong half-century by all-rounder Jason Smith, who made 92 (131 balls, 13 fours, 1 six).

Their star man with the ball, Tladi Bokako, also contributed substantially with the bat by striking an attacking 34 off 46 balls, before the visitors were bowled out for 337 – an innings lead of 215.

Alfred Mothoa (3/68) and Junior Dala (1/83) picked up the final two wickets, with the pick of the bowlers being Shaun von Berg with four for 70.

The game looked like it was heading for a quick finish after the Titans lost three wickets inside the opening 17 overs to slip to 70 for three. Amongst those to fall were Proteas Test opener Dean Elgar for six and Tony de Zorzi for an attacking 47 off 58 balls.

But De Bruyn and Vandiar dug in – the former notching up his 12th first-class century in the process and taking his aggregate this season to close to 400 in only his third game.

Just when it looked like the Titans would conclude the day well, though, Dane Piedt (2/94) removed the latter and then Bokako (2/46) continued his outstanding game with the wicket of nightwatchman Dala (0) to maintain control for the table-topping Cape side.

Tladi Bokako led a magical bowling performance by the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as they skittled the champion Multiply Titans for just 122 on the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series battle in Centurion on Monday.

Rookie David Bedingham then struck an attacking 84 off 89 balls (13 fours, 1 six) to drive home the advantage as the top-of-the-table visitors reached stumps on 256 for eight – a significant 134-run lead at SuperSport Park.

It made for a riveting start to the high-profile encounter in which the Cape side strongly underlined their credentials for the title.

And they were led brilliantly by the bowlers, with Bokako leading the way after they had lost the toss and were asked to bowl first. The 25-year-old, an off-season signing from the Warriors, has already made good progress since his move by taking nine wickets in the competition thus far and he improved on that by adding four for 57.

He removed openers Dean Elgar and Tony de Zorzi, both for one, inside the first 3.4 overs to leave the Titans on the back foot from the outset.

From five for two early on, they progressed to 67 for six as Bokako, Jason Smith (2/21) and Mtiwekhaya Nabe (1/7) all struck.

But innings top-scorer Theunis de Bruyn, who made 61 (92 balls, 9 fours), then combined with captain Shaun von Berg (21) for a stand of 44 to add some respectability to the score, before Standard Bank Proteas quick Dane Paterson (3/34) mopped up the tail with the Titans blown away in 37.4 overs.

The in-form Pieter Malan (4) and brother Janneman (10) were both removed early by Eldred Hawken (1/45) and Alfre Mothoa (2/55), before Bedingham, in just his third franchise match, combined with Zubayr Hamza (28) first and then Kyle Verreynne (42) to rebuild the innings at 157 for four.

He eventually was the fifth wicket to fall to Von Berg – the Titans captain impressing with four for 51 – but Smith and Cobras captain Dane Piedt (22) added 61 for the seventh wicket to completely seize the initiative.

The log leaders ended the day with all-rounder Smith unbeaten on 44 off 53 balls, while Bokako was with him on 8.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will continue the explosive style which has propelled them to the summit of the 4-Day Domestic Series when they meet the defending champions, the Multiply Titans at SuperSport Park, Centurion starting on Monday, but will also try and be a tad more ruthless, said coach Ashwell Prince.

“I don’t want to be critical after two wins, but in certain areas, we could have been more ruthless. In the first game (against the VKB Knights) we scored over 400 but shared in partnerships of 50, 60 and 70 instead of bigger stands,” Prince said. “By being more clinical, we can take the match away from the opposition faster,” he said.

Asked if the visitors to SuperSport Park would maybe be overawed by the occasion of playing against a team which boasts a number of Proteas, Prince said, “We played against the Titans six times last season, and everybody knows who won the most of those matches. The Titans have a few guys in their team who are current Proteas, and we have players in our line-up who will be Proteas within three years.”

David Bedingham, young number-four batsman of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, said a team can either go into their collective shell when they play against a strong team like the Titans, or express themselves.

“We prefer to express ourselves. We have been batting at 3.54 runs to an over in the previous two matches and we want to continue at that rate,” Bedingham said.

He expects the SuperSport Park wicket to have pace and bounce and crack a bit later. But in recent times, there has been inconsistent bounce earlier in the match.

The Titans possess a number of classy players, but they have not won any of their opening two matches, partially because of the weather, as well as a superb fightback by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in their opening game.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have improved their bowling markedly in the past fortnight and several of their stars have been on song. It includes a 7-118 by Dane Piedt in the win against the bizhub Highveld Lions, and a match-haul of 7-135 by Dane Paterson in the opening match against the VKB Knights.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad will be announced shortly before the toss on Monday, 22 October.

Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, will undergo surgery on an injury to his right shoulder which rules him out of the upcoming limited-overs tour to Australia and the Mzansi Super League (MSL). Duminy was announced as the marquee player for the Cape Town Blitz, and will be replaced by Quinton de Kock.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “JP aggravated a pre-existing shoulder injury during the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe. The injury will require surgical management thus ruling him out of the immediate tour of Australia and the upcoming MSL. At the moment we can’t say how long he will be out for, that is dependent on the results from the surgery.”

The Proteas squad for the Australia tour will be announced on Friday