Proteas discard Sarel Erwee struck 132 off 141 balls for the KZN Dolphins against the Free State Knights in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
The Dolphins began day three with a lead of 125 and declared their second innings closed on 336-6 to set the hosts an unlikely 425 to win.
Erwee – who was last week dropped from the Proteas Test squad for the upcoming series against the West Indies – received good support from Khaya Zondo (55*) and Grant Roelofsen (49).
The Knights lost Isaac Dikgale (one) and Matthew Kleinveldt (10) early on in their run chase, before Raynard van Tonder (43*) and Pite van Biljon (27*) took them to 84-2 at stumps.
At the Wanderers, Ryan Rickelton hit 125 off 112 balls, including 11 fours and seven sixes, as the Central Gauteng Lions posted 433 – just five short of the EP Warriors’ first-innings total.
𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 😮💨
Ryan Rickelton was at his superhero best at DP World Wanderers today. #LionsCricket #ThePrideOfJozi pic.twitter.com/zwGB2eBCtB
— DP World Lions (@LionsCricketSA) February 21, 2023
Temba Bavuma (67), Dominic Hendricks (62) and Joshua Richards (60) all scored half-centuries, while Glenton Stuurman (3-73) and Beyers Swanepoel (3-74) each picked up three wickets.
Kagiso Rabada then dismissed Jordan Hermann for a first-ball duck as the Warriors ended the day on 5-1.
It was going to take something special to finally halt Jordan Hermann's streak in 4-day cricket this season
Well KG Rabada brought the special#4DaySeries pic.twitter.com/BWNWEsqELz
— Werner (@Werries_) February 21, 2023
For a third consecutive day, no play was possible in the matches between the Northerns Titans and Boland Rocks at Tuks in Pretoria and the North West Dragons and Western Province in Potchefstroom due to wet outfields.