A fighting, unbeaten century from Rudi Second and an unbeaten half-ton from Dillon du Preez helped the Chevrolet Knights fight back in their Sunfoil series clash against the Nashua Titans at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
The Knights went to lunch on day three on 319-7, having recovered from
190-7 and are now just 16 runs behind the Titans’ first innings total.
The hosts put on a good performance on Friday, restricting the
visitors to 190-7 at stumps on day two, still 145 runs behind.
The Knights had gotten their reply off to a shaky start on day two with both of their top order batsmen falling cheaply and the middle order wobbling. Ryan Bailey steadied the ship with his 40 off 101, but the tail continued to flop as CJ de Villiers ripped the Knights apart, claiming figures of 16-3-46-4.
Second and du Preez then combined for what would be a frustrating partnership as the two scored relatively freely to put the Knights’
charge back on track.
Combining for an unbeaten 129-run partnership, with Second unbeaten on
127 and du Preez on 66, the pair have spared their side’s blushes and are starting to build up to an enticing end to the match.
NASHUA TITANS: Pieter Malan, Mangaliso Mosehle, Henry Davids (capt), Roelof van der Merwe, Heino Kuhn, Farhaan Behardien, Graeme van Buuren, JP de villiers, Shaun von Berg, Ethy Mbalathi, CJ de Villiers
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: Gihan Cloete, Ryan Second, Rilee Rossouw, Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Patrick Botha, Johan van der Wath, Dillion du Preez, Quinton Friend, Malusi Siboto