Rudolph stakes national team claim with double-century

Jacques Rudolph hit 32 fours off 294 deliveries during his innings of 210 Getty Images

Johannesburg: Oct 15, 2011

Highveld Lions must be fearing the worst from Northern Titans opener Jacques Rudolph Saturday when they head into the third day of a South African SuperSport Series match.

After finishing the first day unbeaten on 191 in north-west university town Potchefstroom, the 30-year-old knocking on the door for a national team recall raised his total to 210 before being clean bowled by Pumelela Matshikwe.

The first-innings stand from a left-hander last capped at Test level against Sri Lanka five years ago lasted 433 minutes in scorching mid-spring heat and he struck 32 fours off 294 deliveries.

Several South African cricket pundits believe Rudolph should be in the team for the first of two Tests against Australia, which starts on November 9 at Newlands in Cape Town.

After the Lions were bowled out for 306 with lower-order Cliffe Deacon top scoring on 62, Rudolph was undefeated at the close on 30 with an ominous seven fours struck off 23 balls.

A century from Justin Ontong steered title holders Western Cape Cobras to 290 and a 74-run first-innings lead over Eastern Cape Warriors in Indian Ocean city East London.

Coastal Dolphins were all out for 338 in Durban against Central Knights, who managed only 203 in reply with an unbeaten 78 from middle-order Morne van Wyk the only significant batting contribution. (AFP)