Cape Town - The Knights proved that there were no major gremlins in the Newlands surface as
they methodically built up a huge lead over the Cape Cobras on day two of their
Sunfoil Series encounter.
high-profile Cobras batting line-up had been dismissed for just 146 on the
first day after winning the toss and electing to bat, but the Knights had no
such trouble as they reached stumps on the second day on 346 for five.
none of the Knights batsmen made more than Letlotlo Sesele’s 66, all but one of
the top seven contributed and Tumelo Bodibe closed the day unbeaten on 53 while
Werner Coetsee was 45 not out.
had to do without Dane Paterson after he earned a late call-up to the South
Africa 'A' squad - to stand in for Wayne Parnell - and was withdrawn overnight.
replaced by Beuran Hendricks, who will have been pleased to get through 18
overs in a day in his first franchise game after a long injury lay-off,
although he was unable to pick up a wicket.
had begun the day on 59 for one, and Sesele and Michael Erlank extended their
partnership for the second wicket to 117 before the pair both fell in the space
of three overs.
was the bowler to make the breakthrough, trapping Sesele lbw with the Knights
score on 120, before Erlank (45) suffered the same fate against Tshepo Moreki.
that the double breakthrough gave the Cobras was gradually erased in another
impressive partnership, this time between Diego Rosier and Pite van Biljon.
108 for the fourth wicket at a good rate, but once again it was Piedt who
separated the partnership when he had Van Biljon (53) caught behind in the 80th
the Cobras a crack at Bodibe with the new ball, but he stood firm. Rosier was
the only one to fall victim to the second new ball, trapped lbw by Moreki for
the Knights built their third significant partnership - an unbroken 85 between
Bodibe and Coetsee.