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Rudolph scores century

2011-01-20 17:41

East London -  Jacques Rudolph scored the only century of the day when the 8th round of SuperSport Series matches started around the country on Thursday.

It was Rudolph’s 41st career century (105 off 171 balls with 13 fours), and included his 14,000th first-class run, as the Nashua Titans battled their way to 256 all out at stumps after winning the toss at Buffalo Park.

The day, however, belonged to the young Chevrolet Warriors’ seamer, Andrew Birch, who followed up his match-winning 9 wickets in the previous match against the Chevrolet Knights with a career best 6/52.

He is certainly reveling in the opportunities to take the new ball created by the absence of Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Five of his six victims were in the top order, and included the key wicket of Rudolph. Farhaan Behardien (63 off 151 balls with 5 fours and a six) and Albie Morkel (55 not out off 84 balls, also with 5 fours and a six) were the only two batsmen to offer Rudolph much support.

The other two matches were more severely affected by the weather.

The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, put into bat by the Nashua Dolphins at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, were restricted to 194/5 off 57 overs.

Justin Ontong (78 off 115 balls with 12 fours) and Justin Kemp (49 not out off 121 balls with 7 fours) were the main contributors while Quinton Friend and Jon Kent took 2 wickets each.

The bizhub Highveld Lions were also put into bat at the OUTsurance Oval by the Chevrolet Knights, and managed 156/2 in 51.1 overs.

Stephen Cook (62 not out off 144 balls with 9 fours) and Alviro Petersen (52 off 99 balls with 10 fours) put on 99 for the first wicket in 31 overs.

Ryan McLaren took both wickets for the Knights.

Scoreboard at stumps on the first day of the SuperSport match between the Warriors and the Titans at Buffalo Park

Toss: Titans

Titans, first innings
B Snijman c Thyssen b Birch 12
J Rudolph c Thyssen b Birch 105
P Joubert c Bennett b Birch 11
F Behardien b J Smuts 63
H Kuhn lbw b Birch 0
M Mosehle c Jacobs b Birch 0
A Morkel not out 55
S von Berg lbw b J Smuts 3
CJ de Villiers c Price b J Smuts 0
E Links run out (K Smuts/Jacobs) 0
E Mbhalati b Birch 0

Extras (6lb, 1nb) 7

Total: (all out, 81.5 overs) 256

Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-84, 3-173, 4-173, 5-175, 6-223, 7-237, 8-237, 9-244, 10-256

Bowling: A Birch 16.5-3-52-6, B Walters 18-3-51-0, S Mjekula 12-2-38-0 (1nb), N Boje 20-0-61-0, J Kreusch 7-1-19-0, J Smuts 8-0-29-3.

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Comments
  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-20 18:05

    rudolph, what a player. at 29, 14 000 runs and 41 tons AND STILL NOT OPENING WITH SMITH! surely he will replace alviro for next test series vs oz. duminy and tahir to replace prince and haro and what a team we have. stephen cook is also an awesome talent.

      BrettPresent - 2011-01-20 18:30

      yup, couldn't agree more about a) getting JR into the setup, what an unbelievable talent, and so elegant to boot (not to mention that he was also picked for SA schools as a spinner!), b) getting rid of "holy shit I'm so average I almost put myself to sleep" Haro in favour of Tahir, and c) getting Japes into the setup as well - a remarkable leftie who can bowl as well... not sure I would axe Alviro that quickly though, he's not been that average...maybe JR in for Prince, AB takes the gloves, Bouchie goes on extended leave and JP takes his place, with Tahir giving Harry the (hopefully final) boot?

      uday - 2011-01-21 09:00

      definately agree with tahir replacing harris,but id still like to see alviro opening,maybe JR could replace JP down the order.Just out of curiosity didnt JR accept a Kolpak deal earlier with one of the counties?is he out of this now or what?times must have been frustrating for him(with that whole Ontong saga in Oz)but still he should have held on.But yes Harris must be replaced as soon as possible,he is a plank and couldnt even turn on a tap let alone provide turn on the cricket pitch!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-01-20 18:06

    rudolph, what a player. at 29, 14 000 runs and 41 tons AND STILL NOT OPENING WITH SMITH! surely he will replace alviro for next test series vs oz. duminy and tahir to replace prince and haro and what a team we have. stephen cook is also an awesome talent.

  • Marries - 2011-01-20 18:44

    What a great cricketer!! this fellow has always been a star and yet never got a fair chance, he is highly rated in county cricket in England!!!!

  • ShabirS - 2011-01-21 09:23

    I note J Rudolph's performance but what a perfomance by A Birch

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