Cape Town - Centuries from Pite van Biljon and Rudi Second ensured the
VKB Knights were in the driving seat after day three of their Sunfoil Series
clash against the BuildNat Cape Cobras at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on
The pair shared in a fixture record 203-run fourth-wicket
partnership that helped the hosts amass 342 and set a victory target of 444.
By the close, the visitors had reached 127/2 thanks to
half-centuries by Matthew Kleinveldt and Zubayr Hamza, still needing a further
317 for victory.
The Knights had started the third day on 69/3 with Van Biljon
going on to record his 10th career century, before falling for 123 (182 balls,
16 fours, 1 six). Second notched up the 11th ton of his career on his way to a
score of 106 (154 balls, 15 fours, 2 sixes).
The stand ended on 246 with Second the first of the
overnight pair to fall, with the lower order then managing to add less than a
100 as they were dismissed in 77 overs.
The pick of the bowlers was surprisingly Omphile Ramela,
with his left-arm spin yielding 4/39 in eight overs. The Cobras captain had
only managed two wickets in his Sunfoil Series career previously.
Ramela failed with the bat by making nine to leave his team
on 24/1, but Kleinveldt and Hamza put on 90 for the second wicket, before the
former was out for 54 (56 balls, 9 fours). Hamza was still there at stumps on
52 (64 balls, 9 fours) as the Knights stayed in control