THE Chevrolet Knights gave their Sunfoil Series title hopes a massive boost on Saturday when they bowled the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras out for 92 on the third day of their clash at the Diamond Oval.
A remarkable day’s cricket saw 17 wickets tumble, as the Knights lost their last five wickets for 15 runs to concede a first-innings deficit, only to turn around and bowl the log-leading Cobras out in just 39 overs.
The end result was that the Knights will begin their second innings on the fourth morning needing 110 to win and close the gap at the top of the standings.
With so many wickets going down, the value of Reeza Hendricks’ century was even clearer.
He began the day on 80 not out with the Knights on 156 for three, but soon lost partner Obus Pienaar to Dane Paterson, who then dismissed Gerhardt Abrahams for a second-ball duck.
That opened up the lower order for Dane Piedt, who claimed the scalps of Werner Coetsee, Quinton Friend and Malusi Siboto on his way to figures of 5 for 30.
In the midst of it all Hendricks went to his century, and moved to 123 before he was out to Paterson, who finished with 4 for 50 from 18 overs.
With the Cobras earning an unexpected 16-run lead on first innings, the momentum appeared to be with them.
However, Friend, Coetsee and Siboto were superb in the second innings and the Cobras had no answer.
Andrew Puttick’s 21 was the top score for the Cobras, while Coetsee took 4 for 13 and Friend and Siboto recorded combined figures of 6 for 48.
The Cobras will need to match those bowling efforts on Sunday if they are to avoid a crucial defeat.