SuperSport Series, Round Seven, 1st day March 2, 2006

Kleinveldt stuns Warriors with eight

Cricinfo staff

Rory Kleinveldt tore through the Warriors' line up with a career-best 8 for 47 as the Cape Cobras put their six-wicket defeat against the Dolphins in the last round behind them. The match was moved from Boland Park to Stellenbosch after problems with the original pitch and the Cobras enjoyed the new location. Kleinveldt's figures were the best since the franchise system was introduced and he took the first six wickets to fall, before Charl Willoughby chipped in with two of his own. The clatter of wickets continued when the Cobras began batting, with Derrin Bassage falling lbw first ball. However, sanity was restored by a unbroken stand of 75 between Andrew Puttick and JP Duminy, which left the Cobras insight of a healthy first innings lead.

The Lions made the most of Potchefstroom's batsmen-friendly surface on the opening day against the Titans. Neil McKenzie led the way in a powerful batting display with 109, his second hundred of the season, while three other players passed fifty. Justin Ontong fired a boundary-filled 77 off 90 balls, adding 134 with Stephen Cook, whose 60 was from a more measured 154 deliveries, then McKenzie and Vaughn van Jaarsveld then added 109 for the fourth wicket. Although Paul Harris nipped out a couple before the close, including Werner Coetsee caught at slip off the last ball of the day, the honours were certainly with the Lions.

Nicky Boje continued to press his claims for an international recall by taking 3 for 49 as the Eagles enjoyed the better of a shortened first day against the Dolphins at Durban. The Dolphins were handily placed on 106 for 1, with Hasim Amla showing some of the form that brought him his unbeaten 153 against the Cobras last week, when he was caught behind off Ryan McLaren for 30. Boje then snared his three scalps, including Ravish Gobind and Jon Kent in two balls. Dale Benkenstein will carry the hopes of the Dolphins on the second day after finishing unbeaten on 23.