Paarl - Reeza Hendricks's sparkling batting gave the Knights a distinct advantage in their Sunfoil Series match against the Cape Cobras at Boland Park on Saturday, the supersport.com website reports.
When the umpires called stumps the Knights were on 310 for four, with Pite van Biljon and Obus Pienaar on 59 and 14 respectively.
Hendricks was, at times, imperious. Therefore, after a visit that lasted 385 minutes and yielded 157 off 276 balls, his dismissal was all the more surprising as he made no attempt to keep a Mthokozisi Shezi delivery down and was caught by Omphile Ramela.
However, he and Van Biljon had compiled 123 for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, the Knights, who had won the toss and elected to bat, proceeded in a steady if unspectacular fashion, but circumspection proved to be the undoing of Gihahn Cloete.
The batsman failed to read a Beuran Hendricks delivery, which found the edge and presented Cobras keeper Dane Vilas with the easiest of catches in the tenth over of the day.
When the players traipsed off the park for lunch, Reeza Hendricks, who looked comfortable throughout, was on 33 off 91 balls and Letlotlo Sesele was on 24.
The break in play did nothing for Sesele's concentration as the batsman faced two more balls before he lofted Beuran Hendricks into the covers where Justin Kemp was lurking.
Hendricks and Rudi Second instigated the recovery with a third-wicket partnership of 94.
Whereas Second was content to play second fiddle, Hendricks edged ever closer to his tenth first-class century, which he achieved with his 16th boundary off Shezi, stroked through the covers.
Hendricks had combined gritty defence with some delightful late cuts, leg glances and straight drives in his 167-ball ton, which included 16 fours and one maximum launched over cow corner.
Shezi was more miserly than a widow's purse strings with figures of 18-9-34-2, a run rate of less than two to the over.