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A third career century by Tony de Zorzi helped the Momentum Multiply Titans storm back and raise their prospects of salvaging a draw from their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The left-hander struck a fine 114 not out (225 balls, 16 fours, 1 six) and was supported perfectly by half centuries from Heinrich Klaasen (79 off 113 balls, 11 fours) and Farhaan Behardien (62 not out off 114 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) with the visitors closing day three on 271 for three.

That left them with a lead of 102 runs – a good turnaround considering the first innings difference between the sides was 169.

The Cobras had a career-best effort from George Linde to thank for getting them up to 456 after the all-rounder amassed an unbeaten 148 (185 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes).

The Cobras had resumed on 404 for six overnight at Newlands, Linde beginning on 121, but he ran out of partners as Ryan Cartwright finished with four for 87.

The Titans lost two early wickets in the form of Victor Mahlangu (10) and Theunis de Bruyn (0). The pair fell to successive Jason Smith (2/27) balls, but it was one-way traffic from there. De Zorzi and Klaasen added 143 for the third wicket, followed by a 110-run stand that was unbroken for the next, giving the Titans an excellent chance of saving the game.

Centuries by Matthew Kleinveldt and George Linde put the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in a strong position after the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Opener Kleinveldt struck 142 (318 balls, 18 fours), his 12th career ton, with all-rounder Linde adding 121 not out (156 balls, 14 fours, 2 sixes), his third career three figure score, to help the hosts reach 404 for six at stumps.

That gave them a lead of 117 at Newlands, where there was also strong support from Jason Smith (59 off 114 balls, 9 fours) on a dominant day of batting. 

The Cobras had begun the morning on 62 for one replying to 287, with Simon Khomari (1) falling early to Marcello Piedt (1/74).

But Kleinveldt and Smith then combined for a third-wicket partnership that yielded 105.

A few quick wickets fell thereafter, two to pick of the bowlers Hardus Viljoen (2/90), before the former shared in a splendid 173-run sixth-wicket stand with Linde.

It was a combination that took the game completely away from the visitors, and although they did manage to dismiss Kleinveldt before the close, Linde was still there with his side in total control.

A career-best seven for 36 by Senuran Muthusamy helped the Hollywoodbets Dolphins make the most of a stunning World Sports Betting Cape Cobras collapse to seal a famous 137-run win late on the final afternoon of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash in Oudtshoorn on Thursday.

The hosts lost eight wickets for a shocking 17 runs as they fell from 69 for two to 86 all out.

They were chasing 224 in a little over 35 overs after the visitors had earlier declared – more in hope rather than anything else of trying to make something happen at the Recreation Ground.

And their Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder delivered a magical return to hand them a first win of the season and one of their most memorable ones in recent history.

Heading into the clash they were bottom of the table and a dismal first-innings performance saw them dismissed for only 174.

But buoyed by Grant Roelofsen’s century second time around – the opener finished on 142 (204 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) – they were able to post 304 for eight declared.

The Dolphins were even forced to act quickly on the last day after the first half of play was lost due to a wet outfield.

But the game then turned on its head.

Janneman Malan (39) and Jason Smith (18) had taken their side comfortably forward as the round six match looked to be heading more for a draw.

But with around 15 overs to go, Muthusamy snapped their 43-run stand to spark the remarkable meltdown.

There was no resistance from anyone with captain Dane Piedt’s two off 17 balls the best of the last six batsmen.

Muthusamy completed his eighth career five-for in the process and bowled his side to an unforgettable win.

A 10th career five-for by George Linde gave the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras command after the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Oudtshoorn on Monday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner claimed six for 51 as the visitors were rolled over for 174 at the Recreation Ground, with the home side then reaching the close two down for 55.

That left them 119 runs in arrears, but with eight wickets standing, they were easily the winners on day one.

Linde led the way with his wickets, especially considering the bottom-of-the-table Dolphins had won the toss and batted.

They were all at sea in the face of the Cobras’ bowling, with only South Africa duo Andile Phehlukwayo (61 off 83 balls, 11 fours) and Senuran Muthusamy (37) managing decent contributions.

They put on 97 together after their side had slumped to 61 for five to at least post a semi-respectable first-innings score.

After the Dolphins were dismissed in 70.3 overs, spinners Muthusamy (1/9) and Prenelan Subrayen (1/13) claimed the wickets of Janneman Malan (20) and Matthew Kleinveldt (12) to give their side something to cheer about by the close.

A maiden franchise century by new Standard Bank Proteas spinner George Linde helped World Sports Betting Cape Cobras deliver a powerful response on the third day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who made his debut against India in Ranchi earlier this month, scored an impressive 122 (204 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) as the hosts replied to the visitors’ first-innings 350 with 379 at Newlands.

That gave them a 29-run lead, which by the close had been turned into a three-run lead. But that did come at a cost, though, thanks to a double strike by returning captain Dane Piedt (2/8) after he dismissed both openers to leave the Eastern Cape side on 32 for two.

Both sides now face hard work to try and generate a result on the final day of the round four fixture on Thursday.

However, whatever happens home coach Ashwell Prince is likely to be satisfied, especially after his side batted so well to recover from 73 for four to eventually bat for more than 140 overs.

They started the third day on 154 for four, with Jason Smith first to fall after failing to add to his overnight 41. Glenton Stuurman was the bowler and the dismissal of the all-rounder was one of five strikes amongst figures of five for 72 – his 12th career five-for and best at franchise level.

Matthew Kleinveldt at the other end, though, did manage to move from his day two score of 70 to 92 (215 balls, 16 fours), before he fell to Lutho Sipamla (2/57).

An outstanding 102-run seventh-wicket stand then followed between Linde and rookie Thando Ntini, who went on to post his personal best score of 40.

That propelled the Cobras to a slight lead, and they drove home the advantage when Piedt, back again from national duty in India, got rid of Eddie Moore (21) and Matthew Breetzke (5) in the final half-hour of play.

Three members of the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad from the recent series against India, return to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad to take on the Warriors starting at Newlands on Monday.

The Cobras are relishing their first home appearance of the season and assistant coach Faiek Davids admits they are keen to make an immediate impression as they welcome back Captain Dane Piedt, George Linde and Zubayr Hamza.

The hosts have been on the road in their opening three matches, and, although they have not managed a win just yet, they have been extremely impressive.

“We’re very excited to be at home for the first time this season,” Davids enthused ahead of the Newlands encounter. “I see there’s some weather around though, but hopefully it will clear because we want to play.

“We know we’re just a win away from being in the top two or three. So, we’re not panicking and haven’t been at any stage.

“We’re well aware that we’re doing the right things, we were close in the first game, we put the (Momentum Multiply) Titans under pressure in the second one and then this last one as well, we’re playing good cricket.

“We’re not chasing anything because we know as long as we’re doing the right things we will be rewarded.”

The Cobras lost a low-scoring opening match to defending champions the Imperial Lions in Potchefstroom, but then came close to winning both their next two games against Titans and this past week at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

They were just four wickets shy in each of those draws, but Davids did not let those results get him down.

“I thought we played very good cricket, we did well to restrict them to 325 and then to respond the way we did with the bat in hand was fantastic,” he added, reviewing the past week.

“There was a magnificent career-best there from Matthew Kleinveldt, a superb century from Janneman (Malan) as well and then a brilliant second wicket partnership, awesome stuff to watch.

“Then there was that fine innings by Kyle Verreynne as he has already done so many times this season.

“I think we ticked most of the boxes there. It’s just the pitch did not deteriorate enough for us to get over the line in the end. But it was a fantastic effort and extremely satisfying.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Matthew Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Thando Ntini, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince was forced into a late change to his squad for the clash against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting in Benoni on Monday, after all-rounder George Linde was called up as an injury replacement for Keshav Maharaj in the Proteas Test squad.

Linde will join up with the Proteas squad ahead of the Third Test against India which results in SWD spinner Tsepo Ndwandwa given the opportunity in the 4 Day team after featuring for the Cobras in white ball cricket last season.

“We’re very proud of George’s call-up to the Proteas Test squad, it now means both our frontline spinners are with the Proteas which means we have to adapt. But, it opens up opportunities for other guys and any player who comes into this Cobras side, knows what is expected of them,” said Prince.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will be looking to bounce back from the opening round loss to the Imperial Lions, where Linde was the top wicket-taker with a match haul of 11 wickets and Prince is confident of a better performance.

“The guys fought in Potch and they played with courage, despite having to negotiate some really tough conditions. Now we go to Benoni where we will be hoping for a better result against a very good team. We know all about the Titans, we’ve had some good battles in the past and I’m sure this one will be no different.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Pieter Malan (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Nandre Burger, Simon Khomari, Matthew Kleinveldt, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

Left arm spinner George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will replace Keshav Maharaj ahead of the Standard Bank Proteas third Test match against India in Ranchi, starting on Saturday.

Maharaj sustained an injury to his right shoulder while fielding during day two of the second Test match in Pune.

A re-assessment ahead of the start of play this morning along with MRI results revealed that he will not be fit in time to play in the final Test match.

Team Doctor Ramjee Hashendra commented:

“An MRI scan revealed that Keshav has sustained an injury to a muscle in his right shoulder which was strapped in order for him to bat yesterday. He was re-assess this morning, particularly with regards to bowling, and he showed significant discomfort in this latter discipline.

“Based on this morning’s assessment and the findings of the scan, the medical team feel he will not be fit in time for the next Test match in six days’ time. The nature and extent of the injury would mean that he will probably return to play in 14 to 21 days based on his progress during the rehabilitation phase.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has lamented the pitch at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, which created “an intriguing match,” between the Imperial Lions and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, but ultimately was “under-prepared and not fit for first-class cricket.”

On a pitch which saw 28 out of the 40 wickets in the match go to the spinners, batting conditions were not conducive to big scores and the Imperial Lions target of 206 runs that they set the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to win the match was challenging from the outset, with Prince’s men falling 11 runs short.

“Obviously batting last on a pitch that had been under-prepared was always going to be tough, so losing the toss was a big factor,” said Prince.

“Jason (Smith) batted really well in the first innings to hold things together, but unfortunately we couldn’t establish any partnerships,” he added.

“In the 2nd innings, we sat down and agreed that because the pitch was so bad, there was a real possibility of bowling them out for under 100 – they managed to get just over 100, which meant that we were still in the game. But in the end we fell just short.

“I thought we batted really well in trying to chase down the target, Kyle got a nice fifty, and everyone chipped in on a tough batting surface.

“It was very disappointing to have to play on a pitch like that in the first game of the season. I would have liked to have seen a representative from Cricket South Africa come and inspect the pitch after 39 wickets had fallen in 2 days.

“Although it created an intriguing match, in my opinion, it was not fit for first-class cricket. I would like to think that we care about the quality of cricket we play. I don’t want us to ever get to a stage in this country where it’s just a case of anything goes. I’m saying this now after the match, but I would have said exactly the same thing during it as well,” he concluded.

Prince did have some praise for the performance of Cobras spinner George Linde who took career-best match figures of 11/131 in the absence of Dane Piedt, who is currently in India with the Standard Bank Proteas.

“George bowled really well, but deep down he knows that he could have done better especially with controlling his run rate.”

Linde was undoubtedly satisfied with his performance with ball in hand, but rued missed chances in the first innings to dismiss the Lions for less runs than they managed to achieve.

“When I saw the wicket, I knew it was spin-friendly, but I knew that I would still have to work hard for my wickets. I knew though, that if I found a good rhythm, I could target a big match haul of wickets. Luckily I did take 11 wickets in the game, but I could have done better. There were a few overs I struggled for rhythm and consistency, but if you told me before the game that (11/131) will be my match figures, I would have taken it – I’m very pleased with myself for my best ever first-class figures. Now I just have to kick on and try and win games for the Cobras.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras head back to Gauteng for their next CSA 4 Day Domestic Series match against the Momentum Multiply Titans starting at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on Monday.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder ,George Linde,  has been called-up for the Standard Bank Proteas’ T20 series against India starting later this month. The 27-year-old all-rounder replaces Jon-Jon Smuts who has been withdrawn from the tour after failing to meet the team’s fitness standards.

 

Linde is currently in India with the South Africa A team and will join the Proteas upon their arrival.

 

South Africa depart for India on Friday and will play a three-match T20 series followed by a three-match Test series across six venues starting from 15 September 2019.

 

 

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans),George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

 

 

Standard Bank Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans).