The Warriors, who lost a number of players before the game due to Covid-19, began their innings well enough by reaching 79/1, but it was all downhill from there.
CAPE TOWN – Jacques Snyman followed his flying century on the first day of the 4-Day Domestic Series campaign on Monday with three wickets on day two as the Knights took complete control of their season-opener against the Warriors in Bloemfontein on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old claimed 3/29 and shared seven wickets with Shaun von Berg (4/54) to roll over the visitors for 158 at the Mangaung Oval.
That was in reply to the Knights’ first innings 430/6 declared, which included Snyman’s whirlwind record franchise century. The home side also returned to bat late in the day when they reached 26 without loss – a mammoth overall lead of 298.
The hosts batted for only nine overs at the start of the day, moving from their overnight score of 405/5 to 430 before the declaration, which came shortly after Farhaan Behardien was dismissed for 75 (119 balls, 11 fours, 1 six).
Marco Jansen claimed that wicket for figures of 3/86 in 22 overs.
The Warriors, who lost a number of players before the game due to Covid-19, began their innings well enough by reaching 79/1.
This after overcoming the early loss of Gihahn Cloete (five) to Migael Pretorius (2/13). Eddie Moore (28) and Matthew Breetzke (43) were responsible for the recovery with their stand that was worth 71 for the second wicket.
But things went terribly wrong from there for the men from the Eastern Cape as two quick wickets at the hands of Von Berg and Alfred Mothoa (1/23) left the score on 79/3.
Von Berg then stuck into the middle order, before fellow spinner Snyman let his off-breaks do the talking with the tail, leaving the Warriors all out in 74 overs. Rudi Second finished unbeaten on 35.
Snyman (10) and Matthew Kleinveldt (15) then negotiated nine overs to take their side to the close in complete control.