Young batsmen Josh Richards and Marques Ackerman made the touring Pakistanis toil on the first day of a three-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Willowmoore Park on Wednesday.
Opening batsman Richards, who turns 20 on cap Thursday, failed by two runs to notch his fourth representative century in a row as he made 98, while Invitation team captain Ackerman, 22, scored 103 not out before declaring shortly before the closing of play. The tourists were two for no wicket at the close.
Richards came into the match on the back of two first-class centuries and one List A hundred for the Gauteng provincial team, which plays in South Africa’s secondary domestic competition.
He made 98 off 134 balls with 11 fours and a six before falling to part-time leg-spinner Azhar Ali.
Ackerman made his runs off 132 balls with 14 fours and a six.