It’s a battle for survival for the Cape Cobras and the Dolphins in a long day ahead on day four of the latest Sunfoil matches
Potchefstroom: Highveld Lions v Cape Cobras
The Cape Cobras are battling to save the game, one wicket down and 123 runs away from making the Highveld Lions bat again.
They ended the third day on 52-1, chasing the Lions’ mammoth first-innings total 475.
Richard Levi was bowled by Sean Jamison for 15, but Omphile Ramela (14) and Keegan Petersen (23) are at the crease and playing with some determination. They put on 37 in 13 overs.
The Lions were bowled out late in the day on Saturday, with veteran batsman once again Neil McKenzie leading the way with 76 off 189 balls (12×4). He took charge after Lions captain Stephen Cook retired on his overnight score 147 to be at the birth of his daughter. At that point they were 267-2, but the Cobras managed to break the middle order, taking four wickets for 104 runs.
Dale Deeb, better known as a left-arm spinner and No 9 batsman, then scored 55 as he helped the tail-enders put on 91 runs.
East London: Warriors v Dolphins
An all-round team performance left the Chevrolet Warriors just six wickets short of victory as their continued pressure on the Sunfoil Dolphins continued to reap dividends at Buffalo Park.
After their four-man seam attack wrapped up the Dolphins first innings for 200 in the first part of the day, the top four did the job of setting up the match as they eased to 167 for two declared, leaving the Dolphins 426 to win.
Ayabulela Gqamane then grabbed a brace as the Dolphins slumped to 77 for four, leaving them in need of a special rearguard action if they are to avoid defeat on the final day.
The Dolphins had begun day three on 137 for five in their second innings, but none of the lower order were able to make significant contributions as the Warriors attack wrapped up the innings in the first hour and a half of the day.
Basheeru-Deen Walters finished with the best figures, taking 4 for 40, while Andrew Birch and Susanna Magala each had two wickets.