• Snyman’s maiden fifer rescues Northern Cape

    Jacques Snyman recorded career-best bowling figures against KwaZulu-Natal Inland with a maiden fifer that rescued Northern Cape in Kimberley, and earns Thursday’s Turbo Bowler award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    Northern Cape’s 24-year-old No 3 is better known for his exhibitions with the bat, but this time it was his right-arm off-spinners that stole the show at the Diamond Oval.

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    The home side had their backs against the wall when they were bowled out for 117 runs after just 34 overs, but fought back brilliantly with the ball to dismiss the visitors for 160 on an eventful day.

    The counter-attack was well led by Snyman, who accounted for five of the visitor’s top six batsmen, and finished with 5-67 at an economy of 3.52 in his 19 overs. Sithabiso Zungu (10), Joel Veeran (2) and KZN captain Luke Schlemmer (three-ball duck) soon found themselves back in the pavilion as Snyman ripped through the top order.

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    Ruhan Pretorius (48) looked good at the top of the innings for KZN, but also fell victim to Snyman as the finger spinner rattled the openers stumps. He then returned to complete his fifer by dismissing Kushen Kishun just as he was building a partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman and top-scorer Grant Roelofsen (68 not out off 95 balls, 7×4, 2×6).

    Snyman’s onslaught registers as his best bowling figures in first-class cricket, eclipsing his previous record of 4-24 in an innings. An incredible 21 wickets fell on the day as the encounter accelerated to a conclusion in next to no time.

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    Northern Cape will resume their second innings on day two with 48-1 on the board and hoping to add plenty more runs to their current five-run lead at the Diamond Oval.


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