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Cape Cobras succumbed to their first defeat of the season at Boland Park in Paarl, losing to Lions by 186 runs. Cobras captain Dane Piedt opted to field, but Wihahn Lubbe’s second successive century in the competition, and fifties from Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen underpinned a strong first innings for Lions, who reached 337 despite Dane Paterson’s 5 for 86. Lions were missing Beuran Hendricks, who is on a one-match suspension after throwing the ball at an opposing batsman during Lions’ last game against Titans, but put in an excellent all-round display with the ball in his absence to bowl Cobras out for just 138. Nicky van den Burgh’s second-innings 83 left Cobras with a target of 433, and though they briefly rallied through a 122-run stand between Pieter Malan and Jason Smith, Lions wrapped up a big win on the final day. Cobras hold onto their position at the top of the points table despite the defeat, but Lions have solidified their second-place position and could catch up in the next round.

In Kimberley, a fourth-day collapse by Warriors handed Knights a 284-run win – their largest-ever victory in franchise cricket. While Knights’ batsmen made the most of the conditions, with Grant Mokoena narrowly missing out on a ton in the first innings, and wicketkeeper Keegan Petersen making scores of 82 and 103 not out before a second innings declaration, Warriors struggled with the bat throughout the match. They were bowled out for just 134 in their first innings, offspinner Tshepo Ntuli doing most of the damage with 4 for 58, and in their second, collapsed from 145 for 1 to 205 all out. Warriors might have had hopes of saving the game when openers Edward Moore and Gihahn Cloete negotiated the first 20 overs, but Ryan McLaren and Duanne Olivier ripped through the rest of the order after both men fell, sharing seven wickets to secure Knights’ second win of the competition.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s second hundred of the season helped Dolphins secure a draw against Titans at Kingsmead. Dolphins had begun their second innings having to overturn a 195-run deficit to make Titans bat again, after they had crashed to 186 all out in their first innings and then been at the receiving end of a committed batting display from Titans’ lower middle order. Eldred Hawken made a career-best 84 not out from No. 9, while there were also fifties for Jonathan Vandiar and captain Shaun von Berg as Titans reached 381. Van Jaarsveld’s century allowed Dolphins to erase their deficit, and after he fell for 133, Dolphins’ tail showed some mettle to push their lead to 107 before the captains agreed on a draw with a possible 10 overs remaining.

The next round of the 4-Day Franchise Series will take place at the end of December as there is a break in the domestic franchise season for the Mzansi Super League, which starts on November 16 and runs for a month.

On the national radar

While van Jaarsveld’s hundred formed the backbone of Dolphins’ rearguard, they also had Keshav Maharaj to thank for their draw against Titans. Maharaj top-scored in their first innings with 76, and added a crucial 23 in the second to shelve any thoughts of a late push by Titans. In between, he also did the bulk of the bowling for his team, sending down 43 out of the 104 overs in Titans’ only innings, and taking three wickets. Dean Elgar made a five-ball duck in the same game, and apart from his century in the last match, he has yet to make an impact with the bat for his franchise this season, with a string of preceding single-figure scores.

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen have been enjoying rather more success with the bat. Both men made fifties in Lions’ first innings against Cape Cobras, while van der Dussen also made 41 in the second and now has 381 first-class runs at 63.50 this season.

Vernon Philander was not named in Cape Cobras’ XI for this round of the 4-Day Franchise series, but his absence is not injury-related. He and his wife Mandy are expecting their first child to be born this week.

Top performers

While both of their teams ended up on the losing side, this was a good week for fast bowlers Dane Paterson and Anrich Nortje. Both men picked up six-fors in the previous round, and both followed that up with five-wicket hauls this week, Paterson taking 5 for 81 for Cobras and Nortje picking up 5 for 51 for Warriors. Paterson’s returns helped him keep his place at the top of the competition’s wicket tables, with 26 scalps at 18.26, while Nortje is not far behind him, with 24 wickets at 21.04.



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Shadab Khan ruled out of England series with virus

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Legspinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the limited-overs series that Paksitan will play in England in the lead-up to the World Cup. Shadab is ill with a virus, though the exact nature of his illness is not known. A PCB release said “tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four weeks”.

Shadab is also part of Pakistan’s World Cup squad. Should he not be fit for the showpiece event, the PCB can make changes to the squad without seeking ICC permission till May 23.

The PCB said further investigations into Shadab’s illness will be done in England. “The Pakistan Cricket Board will now set up Shadab’s appointment with specialists in England to help him fully recover before Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 opener against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge,” the PCB release said.

Shadab is the only specialist spinner in Pakistan’s 15 for the World Cup. The PCB is also waiting on the fitness of Mohammad Hafeez, who was included while still recovering from the finger injury he picked up during the Pakistan Super League. Hafeez is Pakistan’s other major spin option, alongside fellow allrounder Imad Wasim.

The series against England includes one T20I and five ODIs, between May 5 and 19. In addition to the World Cup 15, two more players will travel to England for this series: pacer Mohammad Amir and big-hitter Asif Ali. The PCB said it will name a replacement for Shadab for this series in “due course”.

Squad for the World Cup: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail

Additions for England series: Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali



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Oman ride on Mohammad Nadeem’s sizzling form to overcome USA

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Oman 152 for 4 (Nadeem 55*, Suraj 50*, Ali Khan 4-27) beat USA 148 (Silva 33, Fayyaz 3-23) by six wickets

Allrounder Mohammad Nadeem‘s sizzling 2019 form helped Oman to a six-wicket win over USA at United CC. Coming into the tournament on the back of half-centuries in wins over Scotland and UAE, Nadeem made another unbeaten half-century in a 97-run unbroken stand with Suraj Kumar to repel USA after Ali Khan‘s four-wicket burst.

On a very sluggish outfield and up-and-down pitch in the first innings, USA were bowled out for 148 in just 38.5 overs as a sensational fast bowling effort from Bilal Khan, Kaleemullah and Fayyaz Butt set up what should have been a straightforward chase of a below-par target. The surface had begun to flatten out in the afternoon sun, but Ali took three wickets with the new ball to leave Oman reeling at 17 for 3.

Ali then returned in the 22nd over and struck with his very first ball of a new spell to get captain Zeeshan Maqsood fiddling an edge behind to make it 55 for 4. Curiously though, Ali only bowled two more overs, meaning he bowled two short of his available quota in one of several eyebrow-raising strategic moves on the day for USA, who also left out Nosthush Kenjige from the XI just a few matches after he had claimed 5 for 27 against Lancashire.

With Ali hidden from the attack, Nadeem and Kumar rebuilt the chase and soon became impossible to dislodge. Nadeem ended on 55 not out off 120 balls while Kumar brought up his half-century on the last ball of the match, sweeping Timil Patel for four through midwicket when scores were level.

Hong Kong 223 for 3 (Rath 114*, Atkinson 35, Dutta 2-30) beat Canada 222 for 8 (Jacobs 52*, Kinchit 4-34) by seven wickets

Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath helped construct a trio of half-century stands, including 90 for the first wicket with former captain Jamie Atkinson to chase down Canada’s 222 with 16 balls to spare at Affies Park.

It was Rath’s second ton for Hong Kong in the last eight months after compiling 102 in a win over UAE at the Asia Cup Qualifier in Malaysia. In addition to the stand with Atkinson, Rath added 50 with Kinchit Shah and another 63 with Ahsan Abbasi for the third wicket.

It was a superb all-round day for Kinchit, who bowled spin with the new ball and claimed the prized scalp of Ruvindu Gunasekera with his fourth ball of the day before coming back to take a hat-trick in the final over. With captain Davy Jacobs red-hot on 52 off 53 balls, he went ice cold at the non-striker’s end watching helplessly as Kinchit nabbed Saad bin Zafar, Dilon Heyliger and Nikhil Dutta with the last three balls of the innings to ensure Canada were defending a below part total.

Namibia 120 for 7 (Frylinck 23*, Amini 3-46) beat PNG 118 (Soper 36, Frylinck 3-16, Williams 3-25, Smit 3-34) by three wickets

Jan Frylinck played a vital role in a low-scoring thriller to help the tournament hosts off to a winning start against Papua New Guinea. Frylinck snared the prized pair of Tony Ura and captain Assad Vala inside the Powerplay and from there, PNG’s innings never gained any momentum. Chad Soper stretched the innings out with 36 from No. 6 before he was last person out in the 43rd for Frylinck’s third victim.

The early part of Namibia’s chase wasn’t much better than what PNG had produced. After legspinner Charles Amini ripped though the middle-order, Christi Viljoe was runout for 8 to leave Namibia 67 for 6 chasing a target of 119.

But Frylinck followed up his wickets with an instrumental 23 not out off of 20 balls to get Namibia over the line with a whopping 19.3 overs to spare. It means they hold a sizeable early advantage with the tournament tiebreaker of net run rate.





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Oman 152 for 4 (Nadeem 55*, Suraj 50*, Ali Khan 4-27) beat USA 148 (Silva 33, Fayyaz 3-23) by six wickets

Allrounder Mohammad Nadeem‘s sizzling 2019 form helped Oman to a six-wicket win over USA at United CC. Coming into the tournament on the back of half-centuries in wins over Scotland and UAE, Nadeem made another unbeaten half-century in a 97-run unbroken stand with Suraj Kumar to repel USA after Ali Khan‘s four-wicket burst.

On a very sluggish outfield and up-and-down pitch in the first innings, USA were bowled out for 148 in just 38.5 overs as a sensational fast bowling effort from Bilal Khan, Kaleemullah and Fayyaz Butt set up what should have been a straightforward chase of a below-par target. The surface had begun to flatten out in the afternoon sun, but Ali took three wickets with the new ball to leave Oman reeling at 17 for 3.

Ali then returned in the 22nd over and struck with his very first ball of a new spell to get captain Zeeshan Maqsood fiddling an edge behind to make it 55 for 4. Curiously though, Ali only bowled two more overs, meaning he bowled two short of his available quota in one of several eyebrow-raising strategic moves on the day for USA, who also left out Nosthush Kenjige from the XI just a few matches after he had claimed 5 for 27 against Lancashire.

With Ali hidden from the attack, Nadeem and Kumar rebuilt the chase and soon became impossible to dislodge. Nadeem ended on 55 not out off 120 balls while Kumar brought up his half-century on the last ball of the match, sweeping Timil Patel for four through midwicket when scores were level.

Hong Kong 223 for 3 (Rath 114*, Atkinson 35, Dutta 2-30) beat Canada 222 for 8 (Jacobs 52*, Kinchit 4-34) by seven wickets

Hong Kong captain Anshy Rath helped construct a trio of half-century stands, including 90 for the first wicket with former captain Jamie Atkinson to chase down Canada’s 222 with 16 balls to spare at Affies Park.

It was Rath’s second ton for Hong Kong in the last eight months after compiling 102 in a win over UAE at the Asia Cup Qualifier in Malaysia. In addition to the stand with Atkinson, Rath added 50 with Kinchit Shah and another 63 with Ahsan Abbasi for the third wicket.

It was a superb all-round day for Kinchit, who bowled spin with the new ball and claimed the prized scalp of Ruvindu Gunasekera with his fourth ball of the day before coming back to take a hat-trick in the final over. With captain Davy Jacobs red-hot on 52 off 53 balls, he went ice cold at the non-striker’s end watching helplessly as Kinchit nabbed Saad bin Zafar, Dilon Heyliger and Nikhil Dutta with the last three balls of the innings to ensure Canada were defending a below part total.

Namibia 120 for 7 (Frylinck 23*, Amini 3-46) beat PNG 118 (Soper 36, Frylinck 3-16, Williams 3-25, Smit 3-34) by three wickets

Jan Frylinck played a vital role in a low-scoring thriller to help the tournament hosts off to a winning start against Papua New Guinea. Frylinck snared the prized pair of Tony Ura and captain Assad Vala inside the Powerplay and from there, PNG’s innings never gained any momentum. Chad Soper stretched the innings out with 36 from No. 6 before he was last person out in the 43rd for Frylinck’s third victim.

The early part of Namibia’s chase wasn’t much better than what PNG had produced. After legspinner Charles Amini ripped though the middle-order, Christi Viljoe was runout for 8 to leave Namibia 67 for 6 chasing a target of 119.

But Frylinck followed up his wickets with an instrumental 23 not out off of 20 balls to get Namibia over the line with a whopping 19.3 overs to spare. It means they hold a sizeable early advantage with the tournament tiebreaker of net run rate.





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