SuperSport Series

Jacobs puts Warriors in charge

2012-02-10 17:55
Arno Jacobs (File)
Port Elizabeth - Arno Jacobs struck a majestic century before the Chevrolet Warriors reduced the Knights to 17 for two at stumps on the second day of their SuperSport Series match at Axxess DSL St. George’s in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Jacobs scored 152 off 183 balls with 26 fours and two sixes before the Warriors were bowled out for 318 in their first innings giving them a lead of 78 runs, despite fast bowler Johan van der Wath returning figures of 5-49 off 19.5 overs.

The Knights faced just 4.1 overs in their second innings before bad light forced an early close with 16.5 overs left to be bowled in the day.

Reeza Hendricks (4) and nightwatchman Quinton Friend (0) were the men dismissed with Michael Erlank, on three not out, and Rilee Rossouw, on nine not out, at the crease at the close of play.

Jacobs was in sumptuous form and he raised his first century of the season, off 135 deliveries, in fine style by thumping a delivery from seamer Ryan McLaren for a straight four, the 18th four of his innings.

The left-handed Jacobs then faced just 46 more deliveries before reaching his 150 before he became the ninth Warriors’ wicket to fall when he was caught at point off a delivery from off-spinner Werner Coetsee.

The Warriors began the day on 79 for two and they added just one run to their overnight total before Jon-Jon Smuts (18) top-edged an attempted pull shot off the bowling of paceman Friend to be caught by wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk.

But Jacobs and Ashwell Prince combined for a fourth-wicket partnership to 112 to put the Warriors in the ascendency.

Prince, who had reached his half-century off 120 balls, was dismissed for 60 off 150 deliveries when he was caught by a tumbling Rossouw at extra-cover off the bowling of Van der Wath.
Prince’s dismissal left the Warriors on 192 for four and they suffered a middle-order collapse as they lost four wickets for 18 runs to slip to 210 for seven.

Van der Wath was at the heart of the collapse as he bowled Kelly Smuts (5), had Craig Thyssen (1) caught in the gully and Simon Harmer (0) caught behind by Van Wyk.

But Lyall Meyer joined Jacobs at the crease and he provided some stout support as he faced 64 balls in scoring just nine but crucially helped Jacobs to put on a 56-run eighth-wicket stand.

Meyer was out off the last ball before tea when he chopped a delivery from Friend back onto his stumps.

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