Cape Town - Omphile Ramela's third first-class century
on his 27th birthday sent the Nashua Cape Cobras on their way to a huge
first-innings lead, but the Chevrolet Knights made the perfect start to their
second innings to set up a fascinating final day of Sunfoil Series cricket at
Ramela converted his overnight 81 into his
first century of the season on the third morning before going on to score 129,
which proved the bedrock of a Cobras total of 545.
However, Warriors openers David White (20
not out) and Michael Price (58 not out) erased a chunk of the 257-run
first-innings deficit by batting through the last 29 overs of the day, taking
the visitors to stumps on 88 without loss.
The Warriors therefore still trail by 169
runs and will need to bat at least two and a half sessions on the final day if
they are to survive.
While Ramela’s hundred was the highlight of
the day for the Cobras, they also enjoyed contributions down the order as Dane
Vilas (38), Justin Kemp (73) and Robin Peterson (29) all cashed in on the
Although Justin Ontong added just seven
runs to his overnight 75 before he was caught behind off the bowling of
Basheeru-Deen Walters (3 for 95), Ramela and Vilas combined for 73 and then
Kemp and Peterson put on 66 for the seventh wicket in just 15 overs.
That took the Cobras past the 500 mark, but
they elected to bat on right up until Kemp became the final batsman to fall,
when he was caught at deep midwicket trying to hit Simon Harmer (3 for 129) out
of the ground.
His dismissal came in the sixth over after
tea, leaving the best part of a session for the Cobras attack to make inroads.
But they found themselves stonewalled by
White, who made his 20 from 92 balls, and repelled by Price’s more enterprising