FOR a short while after the lunch break yesterday, there was a glimmer of hope that a result could be conjured up in the Sunfoil Series cricket match between the Chevrolet Warriors and Cape Cobras at Axxess St George’s.
After three days and a session yesterday morning, 1030 runs had been scored on the featherbed St George’s pitch for the loss of only 12 wickets.
The Warriors declared their first innings on 504 for eight wickets at lunch yesterday in reply to the Cobras’ 526 for four. The Cobras started their second dig with a lead of 22 and talk was about just how long it would take into the afternoon before the players would shake hands on the draw.
But strangely, some of the Cobras batsmen came out intent on playing strokes and Warriors seamer Basheer Walters was able to capitalise in the hour after the break, striking four times before the visitors had got anywhere near 50. Included in those scalps were first innings double centurion Andrew Puttick (5) and the talented Stiaan van Zyl (2).
But captain Justin Ontong (39 not out) and Dane Vilas steadied the Cobras’ ship and a draw was eventually settled on the stroke of tea time at 3pm.
Earlier, Ashwell Prince was superb with the bat for the home side and would have been desperately unhappy with himself for top-edging an attempted sweep to deep backward-square fielder Dane Paterson, which saw him fall two runs short of a double hundred. He struck 28 fours and three sixes in a 322-ball stay at the crease. David White weighed in with 63 and Davy Jacobs an unbeaten 60 while Ryan Bailey contributed 77.
Dane Paterson was impressive on his debut, taking five Warriors wickets for 101 runs in 28 overs.
- On Saturday, Corné Dry finished with five wickets as the Knights wrapped up a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over the Highveld Lions early on the third day in Kimberley.
He bagged two of the remaining three wickets on day three, to finish with five for 27 as the visitors, who were the log leaders heading into the third round of games, were rolled over for 72 in their second innings.