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Rain left its first major mark on the 2019/20 4-Day Domestic Series season on Tuesday after most of the second day of the clash between the Hollywoodbets Dolphins and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras was washed out in Pietermaritzburg.

 

Only 37 overs were sent down at the City Oval, the least of the two-and-a-half rounds thus far, with the hosts progressing from their overnight 234 for four to 325 for nine as the visitors made up some good ground.

 

There were two wickets on the day for Nandre Burger (2/55), including the first breakthrough when he ended the all-important fifth-wicket stand between centurion Grant Roelofsen and Andile Phehlukwayo, who was bowled shortly after achieving his career-best score of 67 (91 balls, 10 fours, 1 six).

 

The partnership, however, had already given the Dolphins some significant gains after it yielded 112.

 

But the home side failed to capitalise on that with seamer Burger striking not long after to get Robbie Frylinck for a five-ball duck.

 

And, when Roelofsen fell to Tsepo Ndwandwa (1/59) for his franchise-best score of 133 (218 balls, 20 fours), the Dolphins suddenly found themselves in a pickle on 268 for seven.

 

Fortunately, the tail provided some sting, with Prenelan Subrayen (17), Smangaliso Nhlebela (19) and Kerwin Mungroo (24 not out) helping them move into a slightly better position, before the rain intervened.

 

The pick of the bowlers overall was Dane Paterson with three for 78.

 

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras duo Tladi Bokako and Nandre Burger shared six wickets as South Africa Emerging held off a late fightback to secure a 28-run win over Sri Lanka Emerging and go 1-0 up in their two-match four-day series late on day four in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The pair helped the hosts bowl out the tourists for 302, chasing a victory target of 331 at Senwes Park.

Burger claimed three for 38 in 16 overs and Bokako nabbed three for 70 in 21.1 overs – the away side dismissed in 94.1 overs.

It means the Sri Lankans will now need to win the second match starting later this week in order to earn a share of the series, although they were relatively easy winners in a Triangular One-Day competition that ended a week ago when they beat University Sports South Africa (USSA) in the Final.

Their slow start to this game ultimately proved costly after the hosts amassed 382 in the first innings thanks to Matthew Breetzke, with the reply being an under-par 241.

They then restricted Shukri Conrad’s side to just 189 in the second innings and appeared to be the favourites heading into the final day after reaching stumps on day three at 145 for one.

But the South Africans managed some early blows, particularly the first one that accounted for the set Minod Bhanuka 14 runs into the morning when Bokako had him caught behind by Sinethemba Qeshile for 89 (134 balls, 12 fours).

Captain Charith Asalanka (9) and Ashen Bandara (1) then followed as Bokako again struck, along with Marco Jansen (2/58), who got rid of the former, suddenly leaving the Asians on 173 for four.

Dayyaan Galiem (1/37) tilted things more in the hosts’ favour when he had the other key man, Pathum Nissanka (47), also edging to Qeshile.

And, when Burger trapped Kamindu Mendis (17) and Chamika Karunaratne (10) leg before wicket, the end looked near – Sri Lanka slipping to 214 for seven.

A 58-run eighth-wicket stand between Mohamed Shiraz (49) and Nishan Peiris (25) had helped their side roar back, but when the stand was eventually broken, the fast bowlers wrapped up the tail to give the South Africans a morale-boosting win.

The second and final match of the tour begins in Pretoria from Thursday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have announced that left arm seam bowler Nandre Burger has joined the squad from the bizhub Highveld Lions for the 2019/2020 season.

23-year-old Burger has 75 first-class wickets to his name in 22 matches, at an average of 25.32 and has taken 29 wickets at an economy rate of 5.18 in List A Cricket and has gone at just 7.02 runs per over in his 17 T20 matches he has played.

Burger has worked with Coach Ashwell Prince previously, when he joined the Cape Town Blitz as a replacement for the injured Anrich Nortje during the Mzansi Super League at the end of 2018 and is looking forward to the prospect of working with him again.

“I’ve worked with Coach Ashwell at the Cape Town Blitz and I appreciate him bringing me down to Cape Town for this new challenge at the Cobras. I know what the expectations are and I’m ready for the challenge and looking forward to working with him again.”

Prince gave his reasons for bringing Burger into his squad for next season. “He brings variety to our bowling attack as a left-arm seam bowler. Also, he’s quite a bit taller compared to the rest of our seam bowlers. Mthi (Nabe) is the only person in our attack who has some height to him and Rory (Kleinveldt) brings some height in the white ball competitions.

“In terms of trying to win the four-day competition, a left-arm seamer will be crucial to partner up with Dane Piedt who was sensational this year. He will be able to create some footmarks for him to bowl into and hopefully allowing him to become even more of a threat.

“All in all, it’s a big plus for us to have Nandre. He also did well for Cape Town Blitz, especially at PPC Newlands. He’s a player I admire, mostly for his skills and look forward to working with him,” Prince concluded.