AK Markram c Smit b Viljoen was a stark reminder of the influence of Saffas in the County Championship.
Hardus Viljoen ended the day with 2-15 off eight overs as Durham replied with 115-2 to Derbys’ 427. Markram was caught behind off Viljoen for 30, which was disappointing after his heroic effort of 94 last time out. That excellent score had followed three ducks, which indicated he had the measure of English wickets so early in the season.
This is the last of his matches for Durham before he returns to South Africa and prepares for the Sri Lanka tour in July.
Daryn Smit, who joined Derbyshire last year as a non-overseas player after a 14-year career with Dolphins contributed an unbeaten 45 to Derby’s score.
Overall, it was a quiet day for the South Africans across the country.
Gareth Berg, a veteran at 37, and Brad Wheal, 21 – formerly a KZN U19 player – were the strikeforce for Hampshire, taking five wickets between them as they tried to stem the Somerset tide. Despite their efforts, Somerset ended day two on 324-7, a lead of 93. Rilee Rossouw made a valuable contribution to Hampshire’s 231, with 38 off 47, the second-highest top score.
Heino Kuhn fell three short of a second fifty in Kent’s battle against Sussex. He is still the top-scorer, as he was in the first innings, as Kent ran up 125-4 and a lead of 157. He fell again to David Wiese, who had snapped up on 60 on his way to 4-45 in the first innings. Wiese scored 28 in Sussex’s first innings of 181, one of only four batsmen to reach double figures.