Justin Kemp returned to his brutal best with the bat as the Cape Cobras ran up a huge score, before Beuran Hendricks and Dane Paterson shared seven wickets to leave the Dolphins in all sorts of trouble after two days of their Sunfoil Series match at the City Oval. Kemp hammered 143 at almost a run a ball, which carried the Nashua Cape Cobras to 597 all out – their highest total in first-class competition. Hendricks then led the way with the ball as he reduced the Dolphins to 40/4, before Khaya Zondo’s unbeaten 90 helped the ailing hosts to 204/7 at stumps.
All in all the game was played at breakneck speed throughout the day, with 361 runs scored and 13 wickets taken in just 73.3 overs. Kemp set the tone when he took 21 runs off the third over of the day, and he rarely let up thereafter. Although Justin Ontong was trapped lbw for 166 by Daryn Smit, Kemp and his remaining partners helped the Cobras add 157 in 29.3 overs during the morning session before their assault was finally ended by Smit, who took five wickets on the day to record figures of 5/75.
Fellow spinner Keshav Maharaj took more punishment, and finished with figures of 4/168 from 34 overs. The Dolphins’ troubles worsened when they finally arrived at the crease, with Hendricks (4/33) striking three times in the opening 15 overs. Paterson (3/58) then broke a stand of 53 between Zondo and Morne Van Wyk, and crushed another growing partnership between Zondo and Smit (23).
In spite of his teammates’ troubles, Zondo continued to score at close to a run a ball, and found aggressive support from Maharaj, whose 28 not out from 22 balls was the second highest score for the hosts.