World record for Cobras' Vilas

2012-01-07 18:09

Cape Town - Dane Vilas achieved a world best wicketkeeping performance when he played an innings of more than 150 and completed 10 dismissals behind the stumps as the Cape Cobras overwhelmed the Knights by an innings and 54 runs at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Saturday.

Scorecard: Knights v Cobras

Scorecard: Titans v Warriors

It is a result that carries the Cobras well clear of the Knights at the top of the log with an excellent chance of retaining their SuperSport Series title for the third successive year.

The Titans should finish right on the heels of the Cobras if they complete an expected victory over the Warriors at Willowmoore on Sunday but the Cobras have a game in hand over both the Titans and the Knights.

They make up the bye next weekend against the struggling Dolphins at Maritzburg when the other two sides will both be inactive.

Vilas provided the sixth instance in the history of the first-class game of a wicketkeeper scoring a century and making 10 dismissals in the same match but he provides the only instance of a batsman making more than 150. Two of the other wicketkeepers on that list are all-time greats - the Australian duo of Rod Marsh and Adam Gilchrist.

He finished on 187 in a performance that also included a South African record eighth wicket stand of 257 with Robin Peterson.

This was one run better than the partnership between Stephen Fleming and James Franklin for New Zealand against the Proteas at Newlands in 2006.

Remarkably, the 26-year-old Vilas has gone big with the bat every time he has made a century at franchise level. Earlier this season he made 161 not out against the Titans and he has a career best double century against the same opposition for the Highveld Lions.

The other big contributor to the Cobras’ success on what turned out to be the last day was their captain, Justin Kemp, who claimed 5 wickets (to go with his 2 in the first innings), three of them being caught by Vilas.

The Knights were not helped by the knee injury suffered by Dean Elgar while bowling his fifth ball in the Cobras’ first innings. He was not able to bat in the second innings.

The Titans set the Warriors an improbable target of 456 for victory on the back of a century by Henry Davids in their second innings - the ninth of his first-class career.

It has been a wonderful match for Albie Morkel and Faf du Plessis who both scored centuries in the first innings and half-centuries in the second. They also shared 7 wickets in the Warriors’ first innings.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe, making his first-class debut of the season, warmed up impressively for the One-Day Series against Sri Lanka with 7 wickets in the match.

Another Proteas speedster, Marchant de Lange, put the Warriors under early pressure when he captured two wickets in his first two overs.

Jon-Jon Smuts fought a virtual lone hand for the Warriors. Earlier in the match he had completed 3 000 first-class runs.

The Warriors finished the day on 155/6, still 301 short of their target with Smuts unbeaten on 89 (108 balls, 15 fours).


  • URENODAISY - 2012-01-07 18:32

    So we have been asking who is going to be replacing Mark last someone has put up their hand when MB ecides to retire.Send him on tour to UK.

      Paul - 2012-01-08 01:28

      Yeah, when during the Aussie tour I suggested the young Vilas as a replacement for the ageing Boucher, I got such a tremendous roasting from many of you and a veritable heap of thumbs downs. Well, here's a little pearl of wisdom for y'all: when you can see the bandwagon coming, it's already way too late. At his best, our incumbent keeper was an average glove man. Good man, gutsy and all that, but an average keeper. Right now he's costing us big time while he's playing for his pension.

      Staal - 2012-01-08 17:48

      @Paul - Although I was not one of those that would've thumbed you down what you said there is untrue. Boucher has been a very good gloveman throughout his career and even now he is still good. Maybe not as agile as a younger one but he is still good. The main reason he should be replaced is because of his batting. The batting is the key, especially with our shoddy 8-9 compared to the other 3 premier Test nations. If Vilas' keeping is up to standard, I have never seen him play, then he should most definitely be in the Test squad.

  • Sedick - 2012-01-07 18:42

    And they say that Boucher has no-one to challenge him? Villas has a 1st class ave of 48 with a strike rate of 71 - every 3 innings he scores 50+, and a 1 day ave of 32 @ a strike rate of 100+ AND a 20/20 ave of 41+, strike rate of 129+. Boucher has a FC ave of 33, a 20/20 ave of 28 @ SR of 115 - ignoring is International record which is worse than his FC record.....Oh yes, I forgot that Smith and Kallis bats for Boucher......

      andre.maasz - 2012-01-10 09:32

      I hope I am not stepping on any toes or what not... But do most of you even know what you are talking about???!!! I mean what the sherbet, Boucher has been our best keeper for a long while, yes finally a replacement has risen to the challenge I hope. Also it would be wise to note that we are in the same position as far as King Kallis goes, where will his replacement come from when the time comes? Still it would be stupid and irresponsible to ignore the WORLD RECORD that Boucher holds!!! The whole point of cricket is that you will not be in good form every single game, every season or for the rest of your career. The aim of cricket is to show that you love the game and still give it your all to succeed and that is what Boucher does! He steps up to the plate when the team needs it the most, however, I do agree that consistency is a key factor in today's game... But don't break down a man who has given his life to South African cricket and has been through hundreds of pressure situations! He has earned our RESPECT

  • lasherza - 2012-01-07 18:56

    Knock Knock Knocking on Bouchers door. This is the clearest indicator of Bouchers successor. Well said URENODAISY.

  • Sean - 2012-01-07 20:21

    You might have to chop MB's hands for him to be replaced. Like i said before, first it was the wicket keeping ability as an excuse and now that he can't bat or keep they will use the experience scape-goat. I guess we will have to wait for Boucher to turn 40 maybe then will they think about it.

  • Ian - 2012-01-07 20:44

    I happen to know Dane and his family, they are customers in our shop, what a man, what a sportsman, here is our new wicket keeper, come on selectors call Dane up and give him a shot against the lankans

  • phangolicious - 2012-01-08 09:41

    It is time for MB to retire, and do the honours of handing over the Golves to DV, Smith please do the same, give JJ Smuts the Bat, the boys are pure class ........ "We want to forget about you" Thanx for your contribution thou ............

  • warren.d.manning - 2012-01-08 11:07

    Yeah he has had a good season so far but by no means a youngster anymore as some of you have suggested, at 26 one comes into some golden years as a cricketer, enough experience and confidence to perform at any level, and he would be a sensible choice. However i would prefer the selectors to concentrate on a recently named u19 SA skip Quinton de Kok as one for the future.

      Staal - 2012-01-08 20:02

      People keep on mentioning this Quinton. The Lions didn't play in this week's round of the SS. Is he their first choice gloveman now?

  • dan8472 - 2012-01-08 11:33

    It would be nice to have a keeper in the SA side that can bat. Dave Richardson couldnt muster a 25 average and Boucher can hardly do 30, this in an era where Gilchrist, Prior, Sangakkara etc all had averages in the mid to high forties.

      Deon - 2012-01-09 12:11

      Great Stuff Dan, you hit the nail on the coffin, because it does not matter how good Boucher is in SA, if you compare him with his counterparts in the international arena he is way below par.

  • Caleb - 2012-01-08 13:06

    and they say there is no one to challenge about you open your old fragile eyes andrew hudson? Vilas is quality and he shown this since for 2 seasons in a row...or are we waiting for him to leave and play for England instead?

  • Steven - 2012-01-09 01:57

    And our cricket 'experts' say that there is nobody putting their hand up to replace Boucher. I guess breaking world records and scoring runs consistently for two years doesn't cut it. I guess that is why we can't win a series at home against quality opposition and have never won a proper trophy. Go figure.

  • Overlord - 2012-01-09 10:59

    Between Dane Vilas and Heino Kuhn, we have two capable replacements for Boucher that should have happened a few seasons ago already.

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