Sunfoil Series

De Bruyn stars as the champions make a statement

2018-02-08 21:27
Theunis de Bruyn (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Knights captain Theunis de Bruyn fell just short of a double ton as the Knights made a happy return to Sunfoil Series action by dominating the opening day of their clash against the Dolphins at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

The right-hander recorded a fluent 190 (225 balls, 25 fours, 4 sixes) to help his side to a commanding 400 for six at the close after winning the toss and batting at the start.

The Knights endured a miserable three months of white ball cricket where they ended as wooden spoonists in both the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge and One-Day Cup, but looked much more assured in a competition they won last year.

Led by the skipper's ninth first-class century and second score in the 190s this season - he also hit 195 against the Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein - they looked comfortable against the visiting attack.

Luthando Mnyanda struck 74 (132 balls, 9 fours) and helped De Bruyn put on 198 for the second wicket - a record against the Dolphins, beating the 112 added by Dean Elgar and Boeta Dippenaar back in the 2011/12 season.

There were also contributions of 40 by Pite van Biljon and 35 from Patrick Kruger and an unbeaten 35 via Rudi Second.

Dolphins captain and Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj (2/103) was one of two bowlers to pick up two wickets alongside Senuran Muthusamy (2/56).

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