SuperSport Series 2004-05 October 10, 2004

Thami Tsolekile equals South African record

3rd day Western Province Boland 346 and 115 for 7 (Pollock 3-19) lead Dolphins 388 (H Amla 106, Pollock 66, Klusener 66, Brown 55, Willoughby 3-75) by 73 runs.
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A 108-run partnership, made under a lot of pressure, between Lance Klusener (66) and Duncan Brown (55) saw the Dolphins pass the Western Province Boland total of 346 at Kingsmead in Durban. Earlier Shaun Pollock had lost his wicket on 66 giving Paul Adams the first of his two wickets, but it was Thami Tsolekile who stole the limelight equalling the South African first-class record as he joined a group of ten wicketkeepers to make 7 dismissals in a first-class innings.

WPBOL, with a star-studded batting line-up, were soon in trouble in their second innings. Pollock took the wickets of Herschelle Gibbs (0), Graeme Smith (2) and Andrew Puttick (9) to set the Dolphins up for a thrilling finish tomorrow. Mfuneko Ngam, after his injury scare on the first day, once again could not complete his overs, as he struggled with his shoulder injury to take two wickets. At close WPBOL had slumped to 115 for 7, with Ashwell Prince on 47, a lead of only 73 going into the last day. To add to their woes JP Duminy, breaking his finger while fielding, had already left for Cape Town, effectively leaving them at eight down, and Jacques Kallis may not do too much bowling as he battles his way through a thigh strain.

3rd day Lions 375 and 194 for 5 dec (McKenzie 71*, Ontong 57) lead Warriors 173 and 53 for 1 by 343 runs
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In Potchefstroom the Warriors face an uphill battle as they chase down a target of 397 after being bowled out for 173 in their first innings. Andrew Hall and Charl Langeveldt took three wickets apiece as the Warriors struggled to come to terms with their batting. A fighting 49 from Pieter Strydom, their captain, in 3-and-a-half hours was almost in vain as wickets fell around him. Neil McKenzie (71) and Justin Ontong (57) allowed the Lions the luxury of declaring at 194 leaving the home team ample time to bowl the Warriors out for a second time. At close the Warriors had put on a quick 53 for 1 in the 14 overs bowled.

3rd day Titans 458 and 69 for 1 lead Eagles 427 for 8 dec (Jacobs 149, Dippenaar 111) by 100 runs
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The batting paradise at SuperSport Park ensured that the game between the Titans and Eagles was destined for a draw. There was some encouragement in the batting department with Davey Jacobs's 149 still being spoken about, while Boeta Dippenaar continued his early-season form with a sparkling hundred. For the bowlers it was hard work, as only 17 wickets fell while 934 runs were scored in the first three days. Maybe it is time to end the preparation of bowler-friendly pitches and teach the bowlers how to bowl on flat beds. Congratulations to the ground staff in Centurion.