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Ntuli and Baatman seize control for the knights

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Ntuli’s figures were his best at franchise level and helped give the home side a first innings lead of 159

Picture: Dave Alexander

Tshepo Ntuli (pictured) and Ottniel Baartman shared seven wickets as the VKB Knights delivered an outstanding performance with the ball on the second day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors at the Diamond Oval yesterday. The pair claimed 4/58 and 3/28 respectively to help bowl out the visitors for just 134.

Half-centuries by debutant Raynard van Tonder (52 off 70 balls, 9x4s) and captain Pite van Biljon (63 off 49 balls, 8x4s, 3x6s) then ensured the hosts were in the pound seats by the close on 206/4 – a lead of 365.

It capped a fine day for the Central Franchise at the Diamond Oval, where a total of 15 wickets fell. It began with Anrich Nortjé (5/51) completing his fifth career five-for when he claimed the final wicket of the Knights first innings, Baartman out for six, which left them all out for 293.

Eddie Moore (37) provided the Warriors with a decent start by getting them to 38 without loss.

Duanne Olivier (1/22) then broke the stand by getting rid of Gihahn Cloete (16), with Ryan McLaren (1/16) accounting for Moore, before Baartman and Ntuli ripped through the rest of the line-up. The Eastern Cape franchise lost all 10 wickets for 96 runs as they were shot out in just 38.4 overs.

Ntuli’s figures were his best at franchise level and helped give the home side a first innings lead of 159.

That was stretched to over 350 by the close thanks to SA Under-19 captain’s maiden half-century in his first franchise game.

Sports Correspondent