Morne van Wyk and Ryan McLaren combined for a record partnership before Quinton Friend took three wickets in five balls as the Chevrolet Knights gained the upper hand at stumps on the third day of their SuperSport Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Axxess DSL St. George’s in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
McLaren and Van Wyk put on 214 runs for the seventh wicket off 48.3 overs to beat the previous best seventh-wicket partnership in SuperSport Series history of 169 scored by Albie Morkel and Shaun von Berg for the Titans against the Lions in Potchefstroom in the 2010/11 season.
Van Wyk and McLaren’s efforts helped the Knights to 373 all out in their second innings, giving them a lead of 295 runs.
The Warriors were left to face 11 overs in the day and they ended on 28 for three after paceman Friend claimed three wickets in an over when he trapped Michael Prince (20) lbw before having nightwatchman Lyall Meyer (0) caught at second slip and bowling Jon-Jon Smuts (0) with the next ball.
Friend ended the day with figures of 3-4 off five overs while Ashwell Prince, who had yet to score, and David White, on eight not out, were at the crease with the Warriors still needing 268 runs to win the match.
Van Wyk was in scintillating form as he rushed to his second century of the season off 83 balls with 18 fours before making his way to 155 off just 168 deliveries with his knock including 26 fours.
The right-handed van Wyk was dismissed shortly before tea when he was bowled around his legs by left-arm spinner Jon-Jon Smuts.
McLaren was only slightly less effective than Van Wyk as he raised his half-century off 84 balls before his innings was ended after scoring 90 off 172 balls with 12 fours when he was out leg-before to off-spinner Simon Harmer.
The mammoth seventh-wicket stand helped the Knights recover from a precarious 92 for six and in danger of conceding the match inside three days.
The Knights began the day on 17 for two and Rilee Rossouw (29) and Michael Erlank (19) took the score to 46 before the left-handed Rossouw edged a delivery from seamer Gurshwin Rabie, which kept a touch low, through to keeper Arno Jacobs.
Boeta Dippenaar (4), playing in his last first-class match, did not last long before he edged a Rabie delivery through to the keeper while Erlank was trapped leg-before by Harmer.
Werner Coetsee (1) was next to depart, out leg-before to seamer Meyer after playing across his pads, before Van Wyk and McLaren took charge of the innings.
Van Wyk’s dismissal left the Knights on 306 for seven before McLaren’s departure with the score on 333. Johan van der Wath (5) failed to reach double figures but Aubrey Swanepoel added to the Warriors’ frustrations by scoring a stubborn 34 off 71 balls.
Rabie ended with figures of 4-52 and match figures of 8-121.
Report Day 1
Report Day 2
Chevrolet Warriors – Michael Price, Kelly Smuts, Jon-Jon Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Arno Jacobs (capt, wk), Craig Thyssen, Simon Harmer, David White, Basheer Walters, Lyall Meyer, Gurshwin Rabie.
Chevrolet Knights – Reeza Hendricks, Michael Erlank, Rilee Rossouw, Boeta Dippenaar, Morne van Wyk (capt, wk) , Werner Coetsee, Ryan McLaren, Aubrey Swanepoel, Johan van der Wath, Quinton Friend, Malusi Siboto.