Lungi Ngidi had a dream debut for the Titans when he took five wickets to leave the high-flying Dolphins stranded on 207 in their Sunfoil match at Centurion.
The 20-year-old Ngidi, who has played just four first-class matches for Northerns, smashed the Dolphins’ top order, taking 4-17 in eight overs and leaving the log leaders reeling at 61-4 after just 21 overs.
Khaya Zondo (28) and Senuran Muthusamy, who ended unbeaten on 52, steadied the ship a bit, until Malusi Siboto got into the act, dismissing Zondo and captain Morne van Wyk (12) to break the middle-order. Thereafter both aided in cleaning up the tail for Ngidi to end with 5-39 off 17 overs and Siboto with 3-44.
At the close, the Titans were 45 without loss, with another debutant, Aiden Markram, on 26 and Heino Khun on 19.
In Kimberley, a century from Nicky van den Bergh, backed by Dwaine Pretorius (87) and the remarkable schoolboy Wiaan Mulder (52 not out) enabled the Highveld Lions to overcame a shaky start and end the day on 376-7 against the Knights.
They lost Rilee Rossouw in the first over and Dominic Hendricks (27) with 50 on the board, but Van den Bergh took control and marshalled a strong fightback. He ended on 101 off just 144 balls,with 12 fours and two sixes, while Pretorius was even more aggressive, hammering 14 fours and six off 106 balls.
Mulder, the St Stithians and SA Under 19 captain, has been making his name more with the ball recently in his first two Lions matches, including 7-25 against the Dolphins last time out. But he came right in Kimberley, batting at No 8, with his first first-class fifty off 46 balls, with 10 fours.
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