Cape Town - An 18th first-class century from Stiaan van Zyl preceded by
a splendid bowling display by the Cape Cobras left them in a
commanding position after two days of their Sunfoil Series clash against the
table-topping Knights at Boland Park in Paarl on Friday.
Van Zyl hit 106 (192 balls, 17 fours) as the hosts reached
the close on 259/7 having remarkably secured a first innings lead earlier in
the day when they bundled out the visitors for a paltry 153.
Dane Paterson (3/39) and Kyle Simmonds (3/42) shared the
plaudits with six wickets between them, but all the bowlers excelled, including
Dane Piedt and Jason Smith, who took 2/41 and 2/17 respectively.
The Cobras had been shot out for 154 on the opening day, but
they looked set to surrender a lead when the Knights resumed overnight on 137/6.
But the last four wickets fell for just 16 leaving the home
side high on confidence heading in to bat.
Although they did experience some jitters when the in-form
Duanne Olivier (3/44) rocked their top order, Van Zyl’s display ensured there
was no repeat of their first-innings mistakes by helping establish a 260-lead
by the end of day two.
After slipping to 22/2, the former Proteas’ batsman dropped
anchor and was well backed up by Justin Ontong (43), with whom he shared a
third-wicket 74-run stand, while a further 92 came for the fourth wicket
alongside Smith (44).
Dane Vilas (38) was still there at the close as the Cobras
ended in control.