Bailey stars for Knights
Ryan Bailey (Gallo Images)
Kimberley - The two Ryans, Ryan Bailey and Ryan McLaren, put the Chevrolet Knights on top against the Nashua Titans in the Sunfoil Series match at the De Beers Diamond Oval on Friday.
Bailey scored his maiden double century to power the hosts to 455. McLaren then captured 3 for 35 to restrict the Titans to 131 for three before bad light stopped play.
Bailey resumed on 157 on Friday and guided the Knights from 355 for seven to 455 all out. His contribution was a career-best 220, off 310 balls with 34 boundaries.
Morné van Wyk, with 133, and Bailey were the chief architects in compiling the mammoth total, as they featured in a 259-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Ethy Mbhalati featured prominently with the ball and finished with a career-best 6/98 in 27 overs.
He removed Dillon du Preez (9) and Quinton Friend (5) in quick succession, but could not deny Bailey and Malusi Siboto.
Siboto scored an undefeated 30 and helped to guide Bailey to his maiden double century.
The Titans started quietly before McLaren had Tumelo Bodibe caught behind for 6.
Jacques Rudolph took centre stage after his departure, and hit eight sparkling fours in his half-century off 78 balls.
He was the senior partner in a 74-run partnership with a more sedate Pieter Malan.
Malan misjudged a delivery by McLaren shortly after the tea break and saw his off-stump rattled by a McLaren thunderbolt.
Malan scored 26 and his departure saw the Titans slip to 91-2.
McLaren moved the ball off the seam and that was Rudolph’s undoing as he played down the wrong line, only to push the ball in the air to cover, where Werner Coetsee hung onto it.
Rudolph scored 68 off 142 balls, with ten fours.
Although he would have been desperately unhappy with his dismissal, it was vintage Rudolph again, playing with an assuredness and freedom that should lure more spectators to Sunfoil Series games.
McLaren received solid support from Coetsee, who finished on 0-25 in ten overs.
Dillon du Preez did not feature in the wickets column, but bowled nine disciplined overs for 17 runs.Teams:
Chevrolet Knights: Morné van Wyk (captain), Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Obus Pienaar, Ryan Bailey, Werner Coetsee, Ryan McLaren, Aubrey Swanepoel, Malusi Siboto, Quinton Friend, Dillon du Preez
Nashua Titans: Henry Davids (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Tumelo Bodibe, Pieter Malan, Heino Kuhn, David Wiese, Paul Harris, CJ de Villiers, Ethy Mbhalati, Rowan Richards, Roelof van der Merwe.