Hendricks double-ton powers South Africa
Riding on an unbeaten double-century from Reeza Hendricks, South Africa Emerging Players piled up a 183-run first innings lead against Australian Institute of Sport at Endeavour Park, before declaring on 407 for 6. Australia's openers, Sam Whiteman and Marcus Harris, then safely negotiated ten overs before stumps.
Resuming on 76 for 1, Hendricks and Temba Bavuma added over a hundred runs before left-arm spinner Jon Holland bowled Bavuma for 53. Hendricks was unstoppable though, carrying his bat through the innings, in a knock that included 27 fours and two sixes. The rest of the middle order, apart from wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle, failed to support Hendricks. Mosehle resisted adequately, scoring 68 in a partnership of 148. Holland was the pick of the bowlers, claiming three middle order wickets.
It was another successful day for India Emerging Players in Townsville, as they forced New Zealand A to follow on and then nipped out three wickets at the end of the day to further their advantage.
New Zealand were still 84 runs behind India at the close of play, with seven wickets remaining in their second innings. India's left-arm spinners Iqbal Abdulla and Bhargav Bhatt took three wickets each in New Zealand's first innings and restricted them to 272. Daniel Flynn scored 52, Dean Brownlie got 55 and there were a few other starts, but none of the New Zealand batsmen carried on. Their second innings started disastrously; the openers were sent back within the first two overs and then Neil Broom fell to Bhatt, leaving New Zealand 26 for 3. Flynn and Brownlie batted 11 overs at the end of the day but will need to bat long on the third day to help New Zealand avoid defeat.