FRUSTRATED: Skipper Dane Piedt. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Cape Cobras skipper Dane Piedt was left frustrated by his side’s “dull draw” with the Knights last weekend as their lead in the 4-Day Series was cut to 20 points.

In a high-scoring affair in which former Cobras batsman Keegan Petersen scored back-to-back career-best scores (161 and 165*) in Bloemfontein, Piedt’s maiden century of 114 could not get his team a win.

The Proteas spinner, though, reckons that the Mangaung Oval pitch offered little for both sets of bowlers as over 1 000 runs were plundered.

Piedt says: “I thought we bowled beautifully in the first innings.

“The pitch evened out on the second morning which gave them the opportunity to create some sort of partnership and Keegan Petersen played beautifully throughout the whole game.

“So it was quite difficult for us to get back in.

“They had fresh bowlers when we started our innings and lost three early wickets.

“But then our young stars stepped up in Daniel Bedingham (112) and [Dylan] Verreynne (89) who put on a brilliant partnership and then, fortunately, myself and MT [Mthiwekhaya Nabe, who scored 68] at the back end gave us a respectable lead.

“We always knew is was going to be difficult for our bowling attack to bowl them out in the second innings and unfortunately we only got two in the end.

“In the end, it ended up a dull draw.”

The Cobras welcome the Warriors to Newlands on Monday for their next match.

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