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This week’s Four-Day Franchise Series was a banger, setting things up nicely for the edition that starts on Monday

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The first round of the Four-Day Franchise Series produced more results in that time period than Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) board did in two years. The three winning teams produced centurions who drove the game for their teams, quite nicely setting up the second round that begins on Monday. Here’s how the long-awaited round of domestic cricket went, even though there was no live streaming.

Dolphins v Lions

The Dolphins, who finished last season’s Four-Day Franchise with two wins and a draw, started where they left off with a nine-wicket victory against the Lions. The Dolphins started well with the ball by rolling the Lions for 259 in 89.1 overs, with Reeza Hendricks (76) and Ryan Rickelton (60) top-scoring for the visitors. The Dolphins lost Grant Roelofsen, but a 337-run second-wicket stand between Sarel Erwee (199) and Keegan Petersen (173) effectively settled the game at Kingsmead in Durban. Marques Ackerman’s 52 embellished the Dolphins’ total of 458/3. The Lions had no response as they were bowled out for 210, with starts from Hendricks (38), Rickelton (35) and Bjorn Fortuin (37), while Proteas’ first-choice spinner, Keshav Maharaj, wheeled away for 38.1 overs in collecting 6/101...

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