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Kyle Simmonds and Kyle Verreynne both hit centuries as the Powerade South Africa Emerging team strengthened their grip over Zimbabwe A on day three of their first four-day match in Harare on Saturday.

Both batsmen made exactly 100 and shared in an excellent partnership of 148 for the seventh wicket as the tourists declared on 531/9 at the Queens Sports Club.

Verreynne’s innings came from 150 balls and included nine fours and a six, while Simmonds was more aggressive and needed just 103 balls to reach three figures. He managed 11 fours and one six. Tladi Bokako hit an unbeaten 33.

The South Africans then claimed four Zimbabwean wickets in the 66 overs they bowled as the hosts closed on 183/4 – still trailing by 61.

Simmonds was the pick of the bowlers with two for 39 in 17 overs.

Okuhle Cele (1/34) was the other wicket-taker with the bowling pair combining to run out first-innings centurion Regis Chakabva for 48.

The main contributor overall for the home side was their captain Chamu Chibhabha, who made 103 (199 balls, 9 fours, 1 six).

The match concludes on Sunday.

Dane Piedt and Kyle Simmonds took all ten wickets in the second innings, for the BuildNat Cape Cobras to thrash the VKB Knights by 151 runs on the third afternoon of their Sunfoil Series match in Paarl on Saturday.

It’s been an incredible turnaround since Ashwell Prince took over from Paul Adams as head coach. They’ve now won three of their last four matches, and they’ve remarkably given themselves a chance of winning the Sunfoil Series title going into the final round of matches.

It was a tough blow for the Knights, who need to beat the Lions in their last game to stand a chance, while the Cobras will give themselves every opportunity if they can beat the Dolphins.

It was an impressive turnaround from the Cape-based outfit, who were bowled out for 154 in their first innings thanks to four-wicket hauls from Shadley van Schalkwyk and Duanne Olivier. But then the Cobras steamrolled the Knights for 153, bringing them right back into it.

An excellent century from Stiaan van Zyl (106) and a useful 62 from Dane Vilas guided the Cobras to 330, handing the Knights 332 for victory.

The Knights went into the second session of the third day in Paarl on 63-2, ensuring that it was anyone’s game to play for, but the spinners made light of work of it from there.

The crucial wicket was undoubtedly that of Theunis de Bruyn, who fell on the stroke of lunch. Simmonds, on franchise debut, was the man to get him for 12, before accounting for Pite van Biljon for a duck three balls after lunch.

Luthando Mnyanda provided some resilience with 57, but when the 50-run stand ended between him and Rudi Second, it became the Cobras’ match to lose.

Piedt would be the man to get Mnyanda, and the skipper dominated from there, taking four more wickets to finish with figures of 6-87. Simmonds backed up his three wickets from the first innings to bag 4-56 in the second, capping off an excellent debut for the youngster.

Piedt wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Van Schalkwyk for 31, leaving the Knights 151 runs short, concluding a brilliant comeback display from the Cobras.

Article source: SuperSport