KP tops the run-scoring

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The opening batsman, Keegan Petersen, scored two career-best centuries during the recent 4-Day Domestic competition match against the Cape Cobras at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The VKB Knights opening batsman, Keegan Petersen, has moved to the top of the table among the run-scorers in the 4-Day Domestic series.

This is thanks to his 161 in the first innings against the Cape Cobras, which was followed by an equally brilliants 165* in the second innings. The two centuries moved the batsman up to 765 runs, at an average of 63.75.

An unbeaten 105 saw the captain, Pite van Biljon, move back up to third with 712 runs at an average of 59.33.

Even though the match between the Knights and the Cobras ended in a draw on Monday afternoon, Van Biljon was left happy with the performance by his side.

“We had some cracking performances, KP (Keegan Petersen), with two 160s in the game, Beast (Thandolwethu Mnyaka) with a three-for and Shadow (Shadley van Schalkwyk) with a four-for in the first innings.

“We had a couple of chances go down in the Cobras innings. Things could have been a little different and we could have chased it a little more had we taken those chances. At the end of the day, we are quite happy because we played some good cricket.”

The Cobras duo of Dane Piedt and Dane Patterson are the leading wicket-takers with 34 and 33 respectively, while Duanne Olivier of the Knights is in fourth with 27 scalps. The former Proteas all-rounder, Ryan McLaren, is also in the top ten among the bowlers with 22 wickets. – MORGAN PIEK