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Johannesburg – The Cobras secured the Sunfoil Series trophy after a dominant dispay against the Knights on day two of their match.
Three individual centuries placed the Cape Cobras firmly in control on day two of the domestic series match against the Knights in Bloemfontein on Friday.
The Knights trail by 165 runs, with six wickets in hand, after the Cobras declared their first innings on 416 for six.
Resuming on 104/1, Richard Levi and Stiaan van Zyl added 165 for the second wicket until Levi was eventually bowled by Shadley van Schalkwyk for 121.
Van Zyl then shared a double-century stand with Justin Ontong with both batsmen going on to make hundreds.
Once Ontong was dismissed, for 109, the Cobras lost another three quick wickets but by then the damage had been done and when Van Zyl fell – after scoring 148 – Ontong called in his men and sent the Knights out to face 14 overs before stumps.
At the close of play, the Knights were 60 for four, with Johann Louw doing most of the damage, bagging 3/23 off his six overs.
Beuran Hendricks took the other wicket while Rilee Rossouw was unbeaten on 32 and Obus Pienaar on 13 not out.
Meanwhile, the Highveld Lions put themselves in a stronger position against the Warriors in in Port Elizabeth after bowling out the opposition for 135.
With a slender first innings lead of 22, and the loss of two early wickets, the Lions were 226 for two at the close of play on day two of their four-day match.
With Stephen Cook and Quinton de Kock back in the change room early, the experience of Protea batsman Alviro Petersen and Lions veteran Neil McKenzie came to the fore, sharing an unbeaten partnership of 186. Petersen was not out on 105 and McKenzie 84.
While the Cobras cannot be caught, unless some divine intervention prevents them from beating the Knights, the Lions have enough time to bat themselves into a positive position and bowl out the hosts for a second time, to finish runners-up in the competition.
In Centurion, the Dolphins began their second innings with a lead of 238 runs after being dismissed for 456 in the first.
The Titans were skittled out for 218 and, at the end of the second day, they had the Dolphins at 68/2 with Rowan Richards getting the scalps of both Imraan Khan and Khaye Zondo.
Divan van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld were at the crease on 21 and 22, respectively. – Sapa