Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Zondo sends another reminder, this time with a double ton. Khaya Zondo scored an unbeaten 203
Khaya Zondo scored an unbeaten 203
You might say Khaya Zondo has proven his point where it can never be taken away from him: on the field. In recent weeks, his name has become code for being a victim of racial wrongdoing at the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings. On Saturday Zondo gave the game another reason to remember him by completing an undefeated 203 for the Dolphins in their division one match against Western Province at Newlands.
It was one of two double hundreds in the opening round of first-class fixtures, along with Janneman Malan's 200 not out for Boland against the Knights in Bloemfontein.
On July 22, Zondo gave testimony at the SJN in which he alleged race-based skulduggery in his omission from South Africa's XI for the deciding ODI of a series in India in October 2015. Zondo was picked to replace David Miller, who had scored 52 runs in four innings, three of them completed, in the rubber. But Zondo did not play.
South Africa's then captain, AB de Villiers, insisted Miller be retained because of his experience. The selector on tour, Hussein Manack, acquiesced. So Zondo was removed from the side. He might have kept his place after JP Duminy was ruled out through injury, but that prompted the inclusion of Dean Elgar – who had arrived in India to play in the Test series that was to follow – as a left-handed batter who could bowl spin.
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and De Villiers scored centuries in a total of 438/4. Elgar took guard with five balls left in the innings and scored five not out. He did not bowl in India's collapse to 224 all out in 36 overs, sealing what remains South Africa's only success in five bilateral ODI series in that country.
The episode struck a nerve in South Africa, where black and brown players wrote to CSA complaining of being sent on tour to make up the transformation numbers in the squad and not being given the game time they deserved. Zondo has since played five ODIs, all in 2018, but believes the affair has stunted his career.
“It feels like things are constantly being done and it all feels like it stems from 2015,” he told the SJN. “I can't even get into the South Africa A side. How? They complain about not having black batsmen. I'm a black batsman who scored two centuries [last] season, but they can't seem to involve me. No other black batsman scored a century this year. My question is, what is it about me that they have such a big issue?
“The performances are not enough. Maybe it's because I'm not tall enough. There are all sorts of reasons that are put. Things keep being done, over and over and over. It's almost like they want to say, when my career is over, ‘See he only played five games [for South Africa]; he was never good enough.'”
On Saturday, the second day of the Newlands match, he showed he remains good enough, scoring 174 of his runs in the 68.4 overs the Dolphins faced before declaring. Zondo scored his 13th first-class century in his 205th innings. He marked reaching his maiden double ton by taking a knee – another nod, it will be seen, to 2015 and all that.
Zondo's feat was the 54th double century seen in senior first-class cricket in South Africa since the advent of the franchise era in 2004/05. The system was restructured before the start of the 2021/22 season, when 15 provincially affiliated teams replaced the six franchises. The 55th double century followed on Monday, courtesy of Malan.
The Dolphins declared their first innings closed at 489/8 on Saturday, and slow left-armer Bryce Parson took 5/82 to help dismiss WP 220 runs behind. The follow-on was enforced, and the home side were 190/7 when rain ended the match.
The Titans beat the Warriors by one wicket in a first division clash in Centurion, where fast bowler Glenton Stuurman took 5/34 in the home side's first innings of 134. Opener Edward Moore scored 110 in the visitors' reply of 258. Sibonelo Makhanya and Jordan Hermann shared a century stand in the Titans' second dig of 359, which left the Warriors a target of 236. Lesiba Ngoepe and Marco Jansen scored half-centuries and No. 9 Tiaan van Vuuren hit 32 not out off 34 balls. Van Vuuren and No. 11 Mthiwekhaya Nabe posted a stand 24 for the last wicket to seal victory.
At the Wanderers, the Lions beat North West by an innings and 72 runs in another division one game. The visitors were bundled out for 159 with Duanne Olivier and Lutho Sipamla sharing seven wickets. Ryan Rickleton's 159 anchored the Lions reply of 408. North West crashed to 177 all out in 43.4 overs in their second innings. This time Olivier and Malusi Siboto split seven wickets. Olivier claimed match figures of 7/109.
Also in the first division, the Knights and Boland drew in Bloemfontein in a match that was robbed of its entire first day by rain. Pite van Biljon's 137 bolstered the home side's first innings of 320. Malan was 139 not out overnight, but it seemed his sturdy batting might be in vain when Boland shambled to 230/7. Enter No. 9 Ferisco Adams to score 127 and put on 260 with the double centurion, which resulted in a declaration at 520/9. The Knights were 143/2 when hands were shaken on the draw.
In two second division matches, KwaZulu-Natal Inland beat Easterns by an innings and 109 runs in Pietermaritzburg and Limpopo and Border drew in Polokwane. Luke Schlemmer scored 153 in the home side's first innings of 440/6 declared and Easterns were dismissed for 107 in reply. They followed on, and off-spinner Michael Erlank took 5/67 as they were dismissed for 224. In Polokwane, Marco Marais made 146 in Border's first innings of 392. Left-arm wrist spinner Thomas Kaber took 6/75 in Limpopo's reply of 192. Border declared at 190/3 to set Limpopo 391 to win. They were 377/8 when stumps were drawn. The latter match was not first-class because it involved Limpopo, who have not been awarded that status.