Khan keeps Cobras at bay

2011-10-22 19:14

Cape Town - Imraan Khan played a real captain’s innings to record his ninth first-class century and keep the Sunfoil Dolphins in the hunt on the third day of their SuperSport Series match against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at Sahara Park Newlands on Saturday.

When bad light brought an early close the Dolphins had cut their first innings deficit to 79 runs with five wickets still in hand.

Khan was undefeated on 120 (347 balls, 20 fours) while his vice-captain, Daryn Smit, had compiled 49 off 210 balls with five fours. Together they had shared an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 117 in 65 overs.

As the statistics suggest this has been a difficult game for batsmen to force the pace throughout the three days and the loss of 28 overs on the third day has not helped either.

By contrast, the bizhub Highveld Lions are well placed to record their first victory of the season at the expense of the Chevrolet Warriors at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

In spite of an innings of 78 (146 balls, 9 fours) from Ashwell Prince and some resistance from the tail the Lions still took a massive lead of 283 runs on the first innings.

The Warriors will be disappointed that seven players got into double figures but Prince alone went past 50.

The visitors made a much better fist of their second innings but were still trailing by 58 runs overall with seven wickets in hand at the close of play.

They were, however, given a chance of staving off defeat by the third wicket partnership of 127 in 36 overs between Jon-Jon Smuts and Prince. The latter is playing his 200th first-class match. His dismissal shortly before the close for 69 (108 balls, 9 fours and a six) was a massive blow to the Warriors.

Smuts and Arno Jacobs batted to the close with the former recording his sixth first-class century (103 not out off 181 balls with 17 fours and a six).