Paarl - Yaseen Vallie's ninth first-class century
stalled a Knights charge on day three of their Sunfoil Series match
at Boland Park to keep the Cape Cobras ticking along in their first
Vallie’s 117 came after the Cobras had
suffered a mini-collapse, and along with Dane Vilas’ unbeaten half-century,
helped them go to stumps on 388/6 in response to the Knights’ 570/5 declared.
With Corne Dry picking up a couple of
wickets early in the day and Michael Erlank dismissing night watchman,
Mthokozisi Shezi, the Cobras found themselves in a spot of bother at 188/4.
However, Vallie dug in and shared stands of
71 with Justin Ontong, who made 37, and then 108 with Vilas to make the home
side favourites to avoid defeat in the match.
The Cobras resumed on 116/1 at the
start of the day, but lost Richard Levi for 81 in the fourth over and then saw
Omphile Ramela depart for a duck two overs later as Dry (3 for 68) made quick
Shezi more than did his job as nightwatchman
by facing 149 deliveries for his 18, frustrating the Knights bowlers on another
hot day in Paarl before he was caught behind off the bowling of Erlank.
That gave the Knights some hope of rattling
through the Cobras and forcing a result, but Vallie dug in with a patient
232-ball knock that was in direct contrast to some of the more cavalier batting
seen in the Knights’ innings.
Werner Coetsee made the only two
breakthroughs in the second half of the day, bowling Ontong and then trapping
Vallie lbw before finishing the day with figures of 2-71.
Vilas reached stumps unbeaten on 64, while
Justin Kemp was 11 not out as the Cobras trailed by 182.