The Dolphins are the only unbeaten side left after the first three days of the annual Cubs Week in Stellenbosch.
The team from KwaZulu-Natal defeated the Knights by 97 runs mostly thanks to a five-wicket haul by SA Schools’ fast bowler Lifa Ntanzi. He removed five batsmen for only 15 runs from the crease to help restrict the Knights to 132.
Ntanzi removed Knights captain, Garnett Tarr, and CP Klijnhans (0) with the second and third deliveries of the game to leave the them against the ropes at 0/2. Tarr recorded the highest innings (181*) ever at the Cubs Week on the second day against the Cape Cobras.
Matthew Montgomery (98) just missed out on his century but his continued good form saw his average at this year’s tournament rise to 106 runs per innings.
Despite an excellent bowling performance by Ethan Wentzel (6/38) the Titans is still searching for their first victory at the week. The Lions won the match by 32 runs.
Lions’ opening batsman Cameron Shekleton (58) recorded his third half-century of the tournament. He has accumulated 238 runs at an average of 119 runs thus far.
The Cape Cobras’ Ruan Terblanché is also experiencing an exceptional Cubs Week so far. The opening batsmen struck 61 runs in his side’s six wicket victory over the Warriors. Terblanché is the leading batsmen after three days with 245 runs to his name at an average of 122 runs per innings.
Warriors 192/9 (Tristan Stubbs 67, Nicholas Fowler 38; Mihlali Mpongwana 4/42, Siya Plaatjie 3/34); Cape Cobras 194/4 (Ruan Terblanché 61, Bonga Makhakha 48, Rudolf Claassen 31*; Matthew Fourie 3/48). Cape Cobras won by six wickets.
Dolphins 229 (Matthew Montgomery 98, Nikhil Prem 42, Andile Mogakane 41; Gerald Coetzee 3/37, Tshediso Kheswa 3/34); Knights 132 (Brian Kershaw 40*, Gerald Coetzee 38; Lifa Ntanzi 5/15, Colby Dyer 2/3). Dolphins won by 97 runs.
Lions 231 (Cameron Shekleton 58, Bryce Parsons 47, Emanuel Motswiri 46; Ethan Wentzel 6/38); Titans 199 (Jandré Pretorius 69, Ximus du Plooy 54; Bryce Parsons 4/29). Lions won by 32 runs.