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“Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy’s throwing is not strong enough as a result of his shoulder injury and he won’t be considered for selection for the match against the VKB Knights on Tuesday,” says Shane Jabaar, physiotherapist of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

“Duminy’s batting is looking as strong as ever but he feels uncertain about his bowling and his fielding. He prides himself in his throwing arm and his ability to throw himself around in the field,” said coach Ashwell Prince.

“He wants to make sure he can field as good as ever, and bowl,” he added.

Prince spoke candidly about the loss against the Warriors: “If we are honest, we scored a decent 276 runs, but we were probably 15 runs too short. Every time we got going with the bat against the Warriors, we lost a wicket. We could have compiled one partnership of 150 and one of a hundred. If we did that, a score of 300 instead of 276 would have been within reach,” Prince said.

“We had a couple of 50-, 60- and 70-run partnerships which could have been converted into something more substantial.”

Prince said there was ring rustiness visible in the first game in the death bowling and the fielding.

“It let us down a bit. When you play in a four-day match, much of the fielding is about the ability of the wicketkeeper and two of three slips to be accurate, but in a one-day game there is more movement on the boundary and ability to get to the ball, which needs to be secure.”

In other injury news, “George Linde had a hamstring niggle after the opening match against the Warriors, but practiced on Friday and Sunday. He is making fantastic progress and will be available for selection in Bloem,” said Jabaar.

“Mthiwekhaya Nabe, fast bowler of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, has a suspected rib fracture, and will probably be only considered for the 1st March-match, whilst batsman Simon Khomari, has a severe chronic rotator cuff injury which causes a dysfunction of the movement pattern. He is making good progress though,” Jabaar said.

All-rounder Dayyaan Galiem will have his five stitches removed from his foot and will be reassessed in the week week.

A maiden first-class century by Dane Piedt highlighted the penultimate day of the 4-Day Domestic Series encounter between the VKB Knights and the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

The visiting captain made 114 (145 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) to surpass his previous best score of 92 made against the bizhub Highveld Lions in 2013/14 to help his side amass 470 – in response to the hosts’ first-innings 319.

But the reply of the Central Franchise went well through day three after they reached the close on 135 for one – witling down the 151 deficit to trail by just 16.

First-innings star Keegan Petersen was again going well with an unbeaten 59 (99 balls, 99 fours), while former South Africa Under-19 captain Raynard van Tonder (56 off 114 balls, 9 fours) was also excelling alongside him.

The log-leading Cobras had started day three well-placed on 249 for four, but quickly lost overnight pair Jason Smith (30), their other centurion David Bedingham (114 off 145 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) and Dane Paterson (11).

Shadley van Schalkwyk (4/67) did most of the damage, which saw the Cobras slip to 281 for seven and in danger of surrendering their good position.

But Piedt shared a 47-run eighth-wicket stand with Lizaad Williams (18), before adding a remarkable competition record partnership with Mthiwekhaya Nabe.

The pair added 132 for the ninth wicket, breaking a record set six years ago by Simon Harmer and Ayabulela Gqamane of 129 for the Warriors against the Titans in 2012/13.

Nabe played an equally important role as Piedt by scoring his highest first-class score of 68 (87 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) – a splendid effort considering his previous best score was only 12.

That boosted the Cape side to a strong position and they seized even more control of the game when Nabe removed Grant Mokoena for 15 to leave the Knights on 22 for one.

But Petersen and Van Tonder kept their side in the game, the latter thanks to his second franchise 50, as the game was left finely poised at the Mangaung Oval.