One-Day Cup - Plays of the weekend

2014-10-21 10:09
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Record-breaking assault

There was some Herculean batting on show when the Knights and the Dolphins squared off in Bloemfontein on Friday. Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport combined for a massive 367-run partnership on Friday. It meant the Dolphinsd total was put on the board with no wickets lost.
The pair broke the record for any partnership in List A cricket, eclipsing the 331 that Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid put on for India against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999.  The Knights put on a big total of their own with Rudi Second and Reeza Hendricks combining for 275 runs, meaning the match was the first ever List A game in history with two partnerships of over 250.
Hendricks' 181 off 135 was also the highest individual total for the competition.

Match abandoned: dangerous play

The match in Benoni, between the Titans and the Knights, had to be abandoned on Sunday due to the playing surface being deemed unsafe.
The points were shared but an investigation will now follow and CSA's administrative condition clause 5.3 will deal with it in the following way:
5.3   CSA would have a range of options available to deal with its findings on the pitch in question, including the deduction of points from the home team, the imposition of a fine not exceeding R150 000,00 or both. A further option available is a recommendation to the Board that the ground in question be excluded from the next season’s roster of International and/or Test matches. In this case the Chevrolet Knights will be awarded the 4 match points.

Cruising Cobras

The Cobras are unbeaten in the Momentum One-Day Cup and sit at the top of the table with a total of 14 points, having picked up a bonus point twice. The men form Cape Town have been one of the most consistent teams in this year’s competition, despite being without spearhead Beuran Hendricks.
Andrew Puttick, Stiaan van Zyl and Justin Ontong have led the way with the bat while Robin Pieterson and Rory Kleinveldt have done their bit with the ball. Peterson has eight wickets in his three games, and they have come at the eye-watering average of just 10.00 and a tidy economy rate of just 2.69.

Loving Lopsy

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is another stalwart of South African cricket and has just returned from injury.  The former world number one ODI bowler has 10 wickets at an average of 12.30 and an economy rate of 4.10. There's no better time to find form that right before a World Cup.

The curse of the rain

The theory goes that if there is draught anywhere, the Dolphins should be sent to play cricket there since the rain seems to follow them around. During their midweek clash against the Lions, the rain curse struck once more and the Dolphins had to settle for sharing the points.
The rain has followed the Dolphins around for many seasons now and theories as to why range from Lance Klusener harming a rain chicken in a previous life and a sangoma having put a curse on the franchise. We jest, of course, but somebody at Die Son might have some investigative ideas…

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