Van Biljon century puts Knights ahead
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Sunday, 22 December 2013

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RILEE ROSSOUW struck on the stroke of stumps to keep the Chevrolet Knights in with a chance of a Sunfoil Series upset against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at Sahara Park Newlands on Saturday.


Rossouw had Cobras kingpin Stiaan van Zyl caught for 12 off the final ball of day three to leave the Cobras on 74 for two - effectively just 34 for two in their second innings after the Knights had earned a handy first-innings lead.


With 22 wickets having fallen on the opening three days a result may appear unlikely, but the Knights will feel that one timely collapse by the Cobras would open the door to what would be an impressive win.


The visitors had Pite van Biljon to thank for their 40-run lead in the first innings after he moved from 58 not out on the second evening to 112.


By the time that he was stumped off the bowling of Dane Piedt the Knights were in front, and the final two wickets extended their lead as the lower-order all contributed double-figure scores.


Although Piedt ended the innings when he bowled Quinton Friend, the Cobras seamers finished with the more impressive figures.


Rory Kleinveldt warmed up for a likely Test return by taking 3 for 61, while Beuran Hendricks claimed figures of 4 for 69 in a Knights total of 355.


The Cobras second innings began with a solid 47-run stand between Omphile Ramela and Andrew Puttick (37 not out), but with Werner Coetsee bowling Ramela and Rossouw dismissing Van Zyl, an intriguing final day lies in store at Newlands.



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