Cook, Kuhn tons put SA 'A' in command

2016-07-15 21:09
Heino Kuhn (Gallo Images)

Bulawayo - Centuries by Stephen Cook and Heino Kuhn ensured South Africa 'A' dominated the opening day of the second four-day Test against Zimbabwe 'A' in Bulawayo on Friday.

The tourists reached stumps at the Queens Sports Club on 414/3, having scored at an impressive rate of 4.6 to the over after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Captain Cook, who went past 12 000 first-class runs in the process, top-scored with a fine 143 (201 balls, 11 fours, 1 six), while fellow opener Kuhn made 108 (154 balls, 13 fours).

It was the skipper’s 38th century in the longer format, with Kuhn hitting his 20th ton.

The pair shared in an impressive double-century opening stand that laid the platform for the South Africans.

When the stand was eventually ended on 203, Omphile Ramela (30) walked in and added 97 for the second wicket with his skipper.

Ramela, centurion in the drawn opening test, fell with the total on 300, with No 4 Stiaan van Zyl unbeaten with an attacking 74 (79 balls, 10 fours) by the close.

Qaasim Adams was with him on 29 as the pair shared an unbroken 93-run stand that ensured the away team was in total control.

Adams, meanwhile, was one of four changes made to the side as the full 15-member squad were given a game on tour.

The others included in the XI were Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier and Andile Phehlukwayo, while Theunis de Bruyn, Dwaine Pretorius, Sisanda Magala and Hardus Viljoen all made way.

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