East London - Pite van Biljon’s unbeaten century at Buffalo
Park set the Knights up for a final-day victory push over their close Sunfoil
Series challengers, the Warriors.
Only one batsman had crossed fifty in the first two innings
of the match, but Van Biljon showed his class as he scored 102 not out from
just 184 deliveries.
With Werner Coetsee contributing a swift 55, the Knights
were able to declare on 253 for seven and set the Warriors 332 to win, but
their hopes of making inroads into the home side’s batting line-up were
thwarted when conditions deteriorated during the innings break and stumps were
The visitors should nevertheless fancy their chances of
grabbing the 10 wickets they desire if a full day’s play is possible on Sunday,
given the rate at which wickets have fallen over the first three days.
The Knights began the third day on six for one, and lost
overnight batsmen Reeza Hendricks and Bokang Mosena within seven overs, with
Andrew Birch picking up both wickets.
When Letlotlo Sesele made just 18 as the Knights slumped to
45 for four, the Warriors were back in the game, but Van Biljon gradually took
control as he put on 76 for the fifth wicket with Rudi Second (40) and then 109
for the seventh wicket with Coetsee in just 17 overs.
Second and Michael
Erlank both fell to Birch (5 for 43) in the space of three balls to give the
seamer his 11th first-class five-for.
Coetsee required just
63 balls for his knock as he hit two sixes and five fours, which allowed the
Knights to move briskly towards their declaration.