SuperSport Series, Round 5, 3rd day November 7, 2004

Klusener leads Dolphins' fightback

Eagles 312 and 156 for 6 (Henderson 54) lead Dolphins 300 (Klusener 108*, Benkenstein 70, Mpitsang 4-39, Kruis 3-71) by 168 runs

At Kingsmead, an undefeated 108 from Lance Klusener and 70 from Dale Benkenstein allowed Dolphins to come within 12 runs of Eagles' first-innings total of 312. After scoring 300, Dolphins fought back in the field as well, reducing the eagles to 156 for 6 at close of play on the second day, a lead of only 168. James Henderson (54) worked hard at keeping the innings together while Loots Bosman scored a determined 39. Nicky Boje was still at the crease and a lot would depend on him for Free State to post a reasonable target.

Titans 204 and 336 for 5 (Petersen 139, de Villiers 56, Cullinan 51, Coetsee 3-102) lead Lions 190 by 350 runs

At Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom, Titans extended their slender overnight lead over Lions to 350, thanks to Alviro Petersen's five-and-a-half hour 139. Peterson and AB de Villiers put on 130 before de Villiers was caught for 51. Maurice Aronstam ran himself out for 45 after he had put on 101 with Peterson. Daryl Cullinan scored his second fifty of the match as Titans continued piling on the runs. Petersen was finally dismissed just short of his career-best first-class score of 150. Geoffrey Toyana gave Werner Coetsee his third wicket of the innings, with Justin Kemp not out on 26 when bad light once again intervened.

Western Province-Boland 206 and 355 for 7 dec (Puttick 80, Strydom 78, Gibbs 52, Johnson 57*, Henderson 3-84) lead Warriors 189 and 54 for 1 by 318 runs

At Newlands, the Warriors had an uphill battle as they worked towards the target of 373 after Western Province-Boland declared at 355 for 7. Andrew Puttick, who scored 80, formed the anchor around which the others piled on the runs for Western Province. Gerhard Strydom made 78, while Herschelle Gibbs showed why he would be missed in India, making an entertaining 52. Neil Johnson, gaining confidence from the others, batted with authority as he regained some form and scored 57 not out. At stumps the Warriors had moved to 54 for 1, requiring 318 more to win.