Kyle Simmonds claimed four wickets as South Africa Emerging strengthened their grip over their Sri Lanka counterparts at the halfway stage of their opening four-day match in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The slow left-armer took four for 88 in 19 overs at Senwes Park where the tourists closed the second day on 230 for nine, replying to the home side’s 382 all out.
That gave Shukri Conrad’s side a 152-run advantage and they will be looking to keep that lead around the same mark by wrapping up the opposition innings as quickly as possible on day three.
While Simmonds was the star with the ball, there were some invaluable contributions from the SA middle and lower order earlier in the day that that helped carry them from 281 for three to 382 all out.
Sibonelo Makhanya made 22, Sinethemba Qeshile followed him with 20 and Dayyaan Galiem chipped in with 28, allowing the South Africans to add 101 more for the loss of their last seven wickets.
Lasith Embuldeniya was the pick of the bowlers with three for 116.
The home side opened the bowling with the spin of Simmonds and that appeared to catch the visitors by surprise as he accounted for Minod Bhanuka for a first ball duck.
Pathum Nissanka (7) was then taken out by Tladi Bokako (1/24), leaving Sri Lanka in a heap of trouble on seven for two, before captain Charith Asalanka dug in with an innings top score of 56 (84 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes) to add a degree of fight to the reply.
He put on 82 with Hasitha Boyagoda (40), while Chamika Karunaratne (27) and Kamindu Mendis (33), along with Nishan Peiris (46 not out), further chipped away at the South African total.
In fact the unbeaten Peiris and Mohamed Shiraz (7) had put on 45 for the 10th wicket late in the day to leave the hosts frustrated.
Before that, though, Nandre Burger (2/47) and Marco Jansen (2/32) had both taken two wickets each to help turn the screw on Sri Lanka.
SA Emerging squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (VKB Knights), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marco Jansen (VKB Knights), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tshepo Ndwandwa (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (Northerns), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans), Thando Ntini (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).
Thu 18-Sun 21: 1st Four Day Match – South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Senwes Park)
Thu 25-Sun 28: 2nd Four Day Match – South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)