Cape Town - Dane Paterson continued his remarkable run of
form with the ball and Stiaan van Zyl rediscovered his touch with the bat as
the Cape Cobras once again showed their powers of recovery on day two of the
Sunfoil Series match against the Dolphins at Newlands.
consecutive five-wicket haul ensured that the Dolphins lost their last six
wickets for the addition of just 14 runs, ending their innings on 270 to give
them a first-innings lead of 114.
The fast bowler
claimed four of the last six wickets to finish with figures of 5 for 60, and
now has 18 wickets in his last five innings in the competition.
In contrast to that,
Van Zyl has undergone something of a lean spell since the start of the year
when he began his attempts to convert to an opening batsman, but finally found
form with a century that carried the Cobras to 196 for three.
Van Zyl was run out
for 107 in the penultimate over the day, sending the Cobras to stumps with a
lead of 82 with seven second-innings wickets intact.
Such a sense of parity seemed a long way away for the hosts
when the Dolphins resumed on 158 for two, already leading by two runs, but they
did have the memory of an equally strong second-day comeback in their game
against the Titans last week.
Khaya Zondo and Daryn
Smit departed in the opening hour of the day, but the visitors were still on
track for a sizeable lead as Morne van Wyk (49) and Cody Chetty (47) put on 71
for the fifth wicket to extend the lead to exactly 100.
Then Van Wyk fell to
Paterson and Chetty was trapped lbw by Rory Kleinveldt (3 for 30) in the next
over, opening up the tail for Paterson to run riot and change the course of the
The Cobras batsmen
still had much work to do to atone for their first-innings failures, but Van
Zyl put on 67 for the first wicket with Richard Levi (41 from 38 balls), then
added 109 for the second wicket with Omphile Ramela (34).
The left-hander went
to his 17th first-class hundred in 150 balls, but a misjudgement soon after
brought about his demise.
Mthokozisi Shezi accompanied Andrew Puttick (six not out) to the close.