CAPE TOWN – An intriguing tussle is unfolding on day three at Newlands in the 4-Day Series between the Cape Cobras and the Dolphins.
The Cobras added a further 20 runs from their overnight 317/8 with Robbie Frylinck picking up the final two wickets of Tladi Bokako and Mthiwekhaya Nabe to finish with 5/86.
It was just reward for the burly seamer, who had put the home side under early pressure on Monday afternoon before the 228-run partnership between Pieter Malan (153) and Vernon Philander (104) that rescued the Cobras' first innings.
The Dolphins made a positive start in erasing the 112-run deficit with Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Sarel Erwee holding the Cobras’ new-ball bowlers with a 74-run opening partnership. But just when Van Jaarsveld (44) looked settled, Bokako produced a beauty from the Kelvin Grove End to uproot the left-hander's middle stump.
"STOKKE!!" Tladi Bokako uproots Vaughn van Jaarsveld's middle stump to pick up the first wicket for the @CobrasCricket! Dolphins: 74/1 Van Jaarsveld 44, Erwee 26* @IOLsport #4DaySeries #COBvDOL pic.twitter.com/0xmMqe3pUw
There was no further good fortune for the Cobras’ with the Dolphins heading to the interval on 78/1, still trailing by 34 runs. Sarel Erwee was unbeaten on 30* and Cody Chetty 0*.