Cricket

Monstrous collapse sends Knights tumbling to defeat

2018-10-24 15:54
Beuran Hendricks (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Beuran Hendricks and Craig Alexander shared seven wickets to send the Knights tumbling to a record 89 all out and with it a monumental innings and 22-run defeat at the hands of the Highveld Lions on day three of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

There were also two wickets for young Migael Pretorius as the visitors suffered a second-innings implosion at the Wanderers Stadium where they were in the contest for most of the first two days.

But a collapse of monstrous proportions aw them lose seven wickets for three runs to succumb for their lowest score in the history of the fixture.

Left-arm seamer Hendricks was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 24 in eight overs - concluding a wonderful overall performance in which he ended the game with nine for 69.

Fellow fast bowler Alexander bagged three for 36 and Pretorius two for 14, leaving the Central Franchise all out in only 22.3 overs.

The day had not started out too well either for the visitors after the home tail wagged its way from 333 for seven to 377 all out.

Malusi Siboto managed 33 of those runs, while Hendricks struck 13 and Pretorius 12 with Ryan McLaren, playing his 150th first-class game, removing all of them for figures of four for 82.

The Knights lost Luthando Mnyanda (3) and captain Pite van Biljon (0) with only nine on the board, but they then recovered well to reach the 19th over of the innings on 86 for three.

Pretorius removed both Grant Mokoena (15) and Andries Gous (0) in the same over, before top-scorer Keegan Petersen fell to Hendricks for 44 in the 20th over.

The same bowler then claimed three wickets in his next over, before last man Mbulelo Budaza was run out for a duck - the sixth of the innings - capping a forgettable performance by the Knights.

 

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