More runs on second day of domestic season
After his duck on day one, Ryan McLaren made up for it with his bowling as he helped put the Knights on top against the Titans in the Sunfoil Series match at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Friday.
He captured three wickets for 35 runs to restrict the Titans to 131 for three before bad light stopped play.
Earlier, Ryan Bailey scored his maiden double century to power the hosts to a total of 455.
Overnight, Bailey was on 157 and guided the Knights from 355 for seven to 455 all out. His contribution was a career-best 220, off 310 balls with 34 boundaries.
Morné van Wyk, with 133, and Bailey were the chief architects in compiling the mammoth score, in a 259-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Ethy Mbhalati featured prominently with the ball and finished with a career-best 6/98 in 27 overs.
He removed Dillon du Preez (9) and Quinton Friend (5) in quick succession, but could not deny Bailey and Malusi Siboto, who scored an undefeated 30 allowing Bailey to go through to his double century.
The Titans started quietly before McLaren had Tumelo Bodibe caught behind for 6.
Jacques Rudolph then took centre stage and hit eight sparkling fours in his half-century off 78 balls.
He was the senior partner in a 74-run partnership with a more sedate Pieter Malan.
Malan misjudged a delivery shortly after the tea break and saw his off-stump rattled by a McLaren thunderbolt.
Malan scored 26 and his departure saw the Titans slip to 91-2.
McLaren moved the ball off the seam and that was Rudolph’s undoing as he played down the wrong line to push the ball in the air to cover, where Werner Coetsee hung onto it.
Rudolph scored 68 off 142 balls, with ten fours.
Although he would have been desperately unhappy with his dismissal, it was vintage Rudolph again, playing with an assuredness and freedom that should lure more spectators to watch domestic cricket.
McLaren received solid support from Coetsee, who finished on 0-25 in ten overs.
Dillon du Preez did not feature in the wickets column, but bowled nine disciplined overs for 17 runs.
In Potchefstroom, the Cape Cobras resumed on 322/2 against the Lions with Andrew Puttick seemingly in control at the crease on 166.
Unfortunately, he fell victim to Imran Tahir, six runs short of his double century, when he was caught by Neil McKenzie on 194.
Dane Vilas was left stranded on 97 not out, running out of partners as Tahir worked his way to a five-wicket haul.
His wickets came at a cost as he conceded 176 runs and added to his already high tally of no-balls, totalling 21 for the innings.
The Cobras were all out for 543 — which included contributions of 71 from Alistair Gray and 57 from Stiaan van Zyl.
Pumelela Matshikwe took the first and the last wickets of the innings, working hard for his 2/69.
The Lions faced 18 overs before bad light stopped play, and scored 70 for the loss of one wicket.
Quinton de Kock was bowled by Beuran Hendricks for 34 while Stephen Cook was on 25 not out and Zander de Bruyn on eight.