Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince insists his players will take it one game at a time as they look to nail down the 4-Day Franchise Series title ahead of Monday’s clash with the Warriors at Newlands in Cape Town.
A top-order collapse has left the Dolphins vulnerable against the Lions, the Titans are more than 100 runs behind the Warriors with just three wickets in hand, while the Cape Cobras and the Knights are fairly evenly placed going into day three of the latest round of CSA 4-Day Franchise Series matches.
Dolphins coach Grant Morgan chats about the first half of his side’s 4-Day Franchise Series campaign at the end of 2018, as well as what the side have learned as they approach the second half of the season.
Dolphins coach Grant Morgan is expecting a hungry Highveld Lions side to pitch up at Kingsmead in Durban this week, trying to avenge what happened the last time the two met in a 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in the final game of last year.
Dwaine Pretorius starred for the Lions with a career-best 6-38 against the Dolphins, while Tabraiz Shamsi worked his magic once more on his way to 5-83 on day two of the sixth round of 4-Day Franchise Series encounters.
Duanne Olivier’s 4-23 and an unbeaten 114 from Khaya Zondo were the highlights of the day as the 4-Day Franchise Series resumed following the excitement of the Mzansi Super League.
At the halfway mark of the 4-Day Franchise Series, the Lions have crept up into second spot behind the Cape Cobras, while the Titans and Dolphins occupy fifth and sixth spots respectively on the log.
The Highveld Lions climbed to second spot on the log with a 186-run win over log-leaders the Cape Cobras on the final day of their 4-Day Franchise Series match, while the Dolphins and the Titans played out a draw.
The Knights cleaned up the Warriors on day three of the 4-Day Franchise Series to jump to second on the Series log, the Titans are well placed to push for a win over the Dolphins, while the Cobras overcame a top-order collapse to keep a window open against the Lions.
The Knights are looking set for their second win of the 4-Day Franchise Series, while log-leaders the Cobras have a mountain to climb in Paarl to make it five wins from five.
The Dolphins return to Kingsmead Cricket Stadium for their 4-Day Franchise Series clash with the Titans starting on Monday hoping to go into the mid-season break with some momentum.
Assistant coach Imraan Khan says the Dolphins are hurting after another disappointing 4-Day Domestic Series outing this past week but says they can make up for it when they welcome champions the Titans to Durban from Monday.
Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt is proud of his team for not getting ahead of themselves despite their flawless start to the 4-Day Franchise Series season.
Despite a defiant fightback from the Dolphins, the Cape Cobras held firm to take a five-wicket win in their 4-Day Franchise Series match, in so doing completing four wins from four to stay ahead of the pack at the top of the table.
The Cobras enjoyed an emphatic win over the Dolphins at Newlands, while solid batting on the fourth day of matches in the 4-Day Franchise Series ensured draws in the other two fixtures.