JJ Smuts took nine wickets in the match as the KZN Dolphins thrashed the North West Dragons by an innings and 71 runs at Kingsmead.
Resuming their first innings on 166-9, in reply to the Dolphins’ 348, the Dragons were bowled out for 173 early on day three and made to follow on.
Prenelan Subrayen took the last wicket to fall to finish with 5-67, while Smuts claimed 4-52.
The two Dolphins spinners then ripped through the Dragons’ batting lineup again as the visitors were bowled out for 104 in 50.3 overs.
Smuts picked up 5-54 and Subrayen 3-22 as the hosts celebrated a fourth consecutive win that takes them to the top of the log.
“Bowling with Prenelan is awesome because he is both a wicket taker and a container here in these conditions at Kingsmead,” Smuts said. “He just makes my job so much easier with all the pressure that he creates, and I can just go about my business.
“Kingsmead conditions for spinners at the moment is a massive bonus for us, and we also bowl well in our home conditions. You can see that by how well the spinners have bowled in these last few games here.”
In a rain-shortened match in Paarl, Mitchell van Buuren scored 92 as the Central Gauteng Lions posted 421 in their first innings.
At stumps, the Boland Rocks were in big trouble on 92-9, with Stiaan van Zyl (58*) fighting a lone battle with the bat.
Lions spinner Bjorn Fortuin took 3-47, while pace bowlers Lutho Sipamla and Malusi Siboto picked up two wickets each.
Too good. ⚡️#LionsCricket #ThePrideOfJozi pic.twitter.com/ovvGthfKc2
— DP World Lions (@LionsCricketSA) March 7, 2023
At St George’s Park, the EP Warriors declared their rain-interrupted first innings closed on 281-8.
Matthew Breetzke (68), Sinethemba Qeshile (66) and Beyers Swanepoel (52*) made half-centuries.
Fast bowler Glenton Stuurman then took 4-39 to reduce the Northerns Titans to 133-7 at stumps.
Jiveshan Pillay top-scored for the visitors with 45 and Dewald Brevis scored 33 off 39 balls.
Dewald Brevis came in at 16/3 today against the Warriors and played some lovely shots in his 33 before Ziyaad Abrahams got one to bounce more than he expected#4DaySeries pic.twitter.com/ADf9qLz65B
— Werner (@Werries_) March 7, 2023