Centurion - Career-best
efforts with the bat by bowlers Bjorn Fortuin and Hardus Viljoen ensured the Highveld Lions completely dominated day two of their Sunfoil Series
clash against the Titans in Centurion on Friday.
Fortuin, playing just his fourth four-day match, struck a splendid 116 (158
balls, 15 fours, 2 sixes) as the visitors posted a mammoth 609 all out at
Pongolo then grabbed two wickets as the top-of-the-table hosts were reduced to
140/4 by stumps, still trailing by a huge 469.
who is just 21 and playing in his debut season, made 194 for provincial side
North West against Western Province in January, forcing his way into the
franchise set-up and he delivered an excellent second career ton.
the day on 69 not out and added 125 with Viljoen for the eight wicket with the
Proteas paceman notching up his career-best score of 72 (78 balls, 9 fours, 2
then hit his best franchise score of 39 not out for the Lions, adding 76 with
Pumelela Matshikwe (30) for the final wicket, as the defending champions, who
must win the clash in order to retain hope of winning the title, were
eventually dismissed in 132.2 overs.
Shamsi finished with 5/183, while Marchant de Lange collected 4/143.
log-leading Titans then found themselves in huge trouble on 52/4 thanks to
Pongolo (2/23), before an unbroken 88-run stand between captain Henry Davids
(49) and Qaasim Adams (45) saw them in a slightly better position when bad
light ended play slightly earlier than scheduled.