Cape Town - A
maiden first-class century by Aviwe Mgijima helped ensure there were no
final day jitters by the Cape Cobras as they held out for a draw in
Sunfoil Series fixture against the champion Knights in Bloemfontein
what has been a high-scoring fixture at the Mangaung Oval, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla fell 11 runs shy of a double century
with the visitors
batting out the final day to reach 567 for six by the close.
completed a good fightback after the Cape side made a miserable start
to 2017/18 by collapsing to 159 all out in their first innings and then
as the home side piled on the second highest total in franchise history.
champions posted 623 for four declared - with a record four centurions
in Theunis de Bruyn (195), Keegan Petersen (141), Werner Coetsee (105
and Rudi Second (101 not out).
The Cobras started the final day on 304 for three and still trailing by 160, but Amla and Mgijima ensured the game was saved.
Ontong was out early for 128 (193 balls, 16 fours 2 sixes), before the
pair put on a fixture record 165 for the fifth wicket.
who was on 121 overnight, eventually fell for 189 (344 balls, 22 fours,
3 sixes), with Mgijima going on to make 112 (184 balls, 13 fours, 1
six) - easily
beating his previous best score of 74 - as the Cobras held on.
Shadley van Schalkwyk (3/95) and Eddie Leie (3/152) ended with three wickets each.