Mogotsi, Ackerman bat SA Emerging to hefty total

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: Karabo Mogotsi Celebrates his 200 runs with teammate Tshepang Dithole during day 2 of the 2nd 4 day match between South Africa Emerging and Sri Lanka Emerging at Tuks Oval on August 22, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 22: Karabo Mogotsi Celebrates his 200 runs with teammate Tshepang Dithole during day 2 of the 2nd 4 day match between South Africa Emerging and Sri Lanka Emerging at Tuks Oval on August 22, 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Karabo Mogotsi and Marques Ackerman hit respective, career-best scores of 205* and 156 to lead the South Africa Emerging team to a declared, 588/5 on Day Two of the second and final Cricket South Africa Emerging four-day series at Tuks Oval on Monday.

The pair picked up from their overnight 130-run, fourth-wicket stand, finishing with 208 runs between them before Ackerman (21 fours, 4 sixes) was trapped lbw by Sanjaya Chathuranga (2/95) in the 94th. Mogotsi stayed the course, putting on 80 for the fifth wicket with Patrick Kruger (53 off 80) before the latter’s dismissal. He then added an unbeaten 25 runs with Tshepang Dithole (9*) before the team declared.

Mogotsi and Ackerman were both pleased to have reached career-best figures as they got their side to its daunting total after their overnight score of 405/3.

Opening batsman, Mogotsi was still coming to grips with his achievement at stumps. He said: “I don’t know how I’m feeling right now; I guess it still needs to sink in. It feels great (to have batted out the innings), it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I’m just glad that I could help put the team in a good position.”

Ackerman said: “I had a really good day with the bat, it felt really good out there. I scored pretty quickly both yesterday and today, it felt good to get runs under the belt (in this format) and to contribute to the team.”

He began the day on 90* and quickly hit four and six to get to his century. “I was quite nervous when we went back to the crease and it was good to just get to that 100 mark,” Ackerman continued. “Getting to 150 was a really good feeling, it was the highest score I’ve ever made. It was a good occasion and a great place to make it.”

Sri Lanka were 98/1 at the close, losing just the wicket of Pabasara Waduge (32) at the hands of Tshepo Ntuli (1/44) in the 23rd over.