Rossouw’s ton lifts Knights to 237 at tea Rillee Rossouw’s defiant 100 off just 108 balls helped the Knights recover to 237 for eight at tea on the first day of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Chevrolet Warriors in Bloemfontein.
The left-hander, who fell shortly after reaching his 12th first-class ton, found an ally in veteran all-rounder Dillon du Preez, who clubbed
68 not out off just 76 balls.
The pair added 56 for the eighth wicket, after Rossouw had added a useful 41 with Romano Terblanche after lunch. Terblanche was eventually out for 22, caught by Warriors skipper Davy Jacobs off the bowling of Simon Harmer.
Enter Du Preez, who threw caution to the wind and aided his senior batsman to a thoroughly deserved ton in the circumstances. Rossouw smashed 13 fours and a mighty six off Ayabulela Gqamane, and almost single-handedly kept the Knights in the contest when the rest of the top-order crumbled around him.
He was eventually ousted by Gqamane, caught by the safe hands of Arno Jacobs, just before the interval. At tea, the Knights were in a far healthier position of 237 for eight, a far cry from the doldrums of 96 for six, which they had started the session on.
The Warriors, after a whirlwind opening session, will look to wrap up the home side’s innings quickly after tea, and then set about their own turn at the crease in a match that is already moving forward at a merry pace.
Chevrolet Knights: Rudi Second (wk), Michael Erlank, Rillee Rossouw, Dean Elgar, Ryan Bailey, Obus Pienaar, Patrick Botha, Romano Terblanche (c), Dillon du Preez, Corne Dry, Malusi Siboto.
Chevrolet Warriors: Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (c), Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Vuyisa Makhaphela, Christiaan Jonker, Simon Harmer, Andrew McLaren (wk), Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie