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Sipamla was the wrecking ball in the first innings at St. George's Park
A week after batters asserted their dominance in South Africa's first-class scene, fast bowlers reclaimed superiority. And all in one match played on what is usually among the country's slowest surfaces.
Khaya Zondo and Janneman Malan scored double centuries in the opening round of fixtures. A week on, Lutho Sipamla, Marco Jansen and Sisanda Magala each took six wickets in an innings in the Warriors' Division 1 match against the Lions at St George's Park.
Sipamla swung the wrecking ball first, claiming 6/34 in the Warriors' total of 96. Having chosen to bat despite the green glint of the pitch, they were shot out in 49 overs in an innings in which seven players made fewer than the extras tally of five.
The Lions fared better in their reply of 170, but they should have made more considering Joshua Richards and Dominic Hendricks shared an opening stand of 73. Left-armer Jansen's haul of 6/38 had much to do with the crash of 10/97 in just more than two hours.
The Warriors began their second dig 74 runs behind, but their hopes of at least making the visitors bat again plummeted when they shambled to 5/16 inside the first hour of that innings. Magala reaped 6/30 in a catastrophic total of 54 – sealing victory by an innings and 20 for the Lions. This time only one player made more than the 10 extras, and only just: Magala bowled Sinethemba Qeshile for 11.
Sipamla started the slide by dismissing Edward Moore in the fourth over. That was his only wicket of the innings, but he went for just five runs in four overs. Oddly, given the seamers' success, Duanne Olivier couldn't take more than 4/42 in the 29 overs he bowled in the match.
The Knights beat North West by 10 wickets in a Division 1 clash in Potchefstroom, where Pite van Biljon scored 127 and put on 234 with Patrick Kruger, who was marooned on 192 not out when Mbulelo Budaza was run out to end the visitors' first innings with nine wickets down – Nealan van Heerden was absent injured – at 418. Budaza, a left-arm fast bowler, made amends by taking 4/64 in North West's reply of 237, in which seamer Kruger claimed 3/12 from 4.2 overs.
The home side followed on, and were bowled out for 197 with fast bowler Gerald Coetzer capturing 4/47. The Knights took care of their target of 17 in the space of 13 balls.
Boland and Western Province drew in Paarl, with Malan coming back to earth with a bump: having made an undefeated 200 in his previous innings, he had his stumps nailed for a six-ball duck by fast bowler Mihlali Mpongwana – who took 5/39. Malan's brother, opener Pieter Malan, scored 96. Opener Tony de Zorzi's 129 and Zubayr Hamza's 94 – and their second-wicket stand of 170 – helped WP reply with 444 in which Shaun von Berg, the leg spinner who took the new ball for Boland, claimed 5/119. There were 117 more runs, not out, for Pieter Malan in the home side's second innings of 269/4. Malan and Isma-eel Gafieldien put on 113 for the first wicket.
Another draw unfolded in the Division 1 game between the Titans and the Dolphins in Centurion. Jordan Hermann's 112 and half-centuries by Neil Brand, Jiveshan Pillay and Corbin Bosch took the Titans to a first innings of 424. Fast bowlers Daryn Dupavillon and Kerwin Mungroo took four wickets each. Sarel Erwee's 163 and 50s by his opening partner, Bryce Parsons – they put on 164 – and Jason Smith helped the Dolphins reply with 433. Off-spinner Simon Harmer toiled for 35 overs for his 4/106. The home side were 126/1 in their second innings, thanks to half-centuries by openers Brand and Mokoena and their stand of 125, at stumps on Sunday. Monday's play was washed out.
In Division 2, Northern Cape beat KwaZulu-Natal Inland by 130 runs in Kimberley, Easterns and Limpopo drew in Benoni, as did South Western Districts and Mpumalanga in Oudtshoorn, where the first day was lost to rain. Opener Ernest Kemm scored 121 in Northern Cape's second innings, and off-spinner Aubrey Swanepoel took 6/42 in KZN Inland's second dig. Musawenkosi Twala made 124 in Easterns' first innings, while Thomas Hobson's 102 bolstered Limpopo's reply. Openers Yaseen Valli and Blayde Capell scored half-centuries in both innings for SWD. Matches involving Limpopo and Mpumalanga are not first-class.