Piedt bowls SA A to series win

TMG Digital

TELFORD VICE, Cape Town

DANE Piedt bowled SA A to a series win over their Zimbabwean counterparts in Bulawayo on Monday, but there was little reward for Vernon Philander in his second match above franchise level since he was sidelined by an ankle injury in November. 

Piedt took 4/19 to help the visitors wrap up victory by an innings and 81 runs on the last day of the second and last four-day match of the rubber. The teams drew the first match in Harare last week.

Philander, who took match figures of 3/44 in Harare, claimed 1/55 in Bulawayo to finish with series figures of 55-11-99-4.

Stiaan van Zyl was SA A’s leading batsman, scoring 249 runs in three innings and being dismissed only once. Piedt led the wicket-takers with eight scalps, Andile Phehlukwayo’s average of 11.71 was the lowest, and no bowler was more miserly than Philander, who had an economy rate of 1.80.

Piedt hurried Monday’s play to its conclusion by taking three of his wickets in what became the last 21 balls of the game, including two in the final over.

SA A established their dominance on Friday, when they reached 414/3 at stumps. They batted for two more hours on Saturday before declaring on 570/6.

Stephen Cook scored 143, Heino Kuhn made 108 and Van Zyl was undefeated on 133. Cook and Kuhn put on 203 for the first wicket and Qaasim Adams and Van Zyl shared 147 for the fourth.

The Zimbabweans hindered their own cause by conceding 22 of their 39 extras in no-balls and wides.

Despite Prince Masvaure’s 146 the home side were dismissed for 356. Phehlukwayo took 5/62 – four of them as the last six wickets tumbled for 63 runs.

Zimbabwe A followed on, and by the close on Sunday they had slumped to 89/5. It took SA A just more than an hour to clinch victory on Monday.

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