Sunfoil Series

Cook and Fortuin dominate for Lions

2017-10-18 19:34
Stephen Cook (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Career-best figures from Bjorn Fortuin and a return to form by Stephen Cook ensured that the Highveld Lions were well on top after three days of their Sunfoil Series encounter against the Knights at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

Slow left-armer Fortuin claimed six for 78, only his second five-for, as the defending champions were bowled out for 261, a deficit of 203.

That was then stretched to 402 after the home side made 198 for two declared thanks to Proteas opener Cook hitting 105 (144 balls, 13 fours), his 42nd career century.

And the Knights then found themselves in trouble by the close, which they reached on 35 for one as Hardus Viljoen (1/14) had claimed the wicket of Grant Mokoena (12).

Earlier it was Fortuin that starred after he surpassed his previous best of five for 33 playing for North West against Griquas in three-day cricket.

Viljoen chipped in with two for 58 and Wiaan Lubbe two for 51 as the Knights struggled. Only Rudi Second (50 off 110 balls, 7 fours) managed a substantial contribution on day three.

The Lions then batted for 45 overs with Cook leading the way with his first ton of the season, while Rassie van der Dussen made a brisk 67 not out (81 balls, 7 fours), allowing for the quick declaration.

And the Knights were then left needing an unlikely 367 for victory with nine wickets standing.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Bloemfontein 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Port Elizabeth 10:00
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
VKB Knights v Highveld Lions, Kimberley 10:00
Warriors v Multiply Titans, East London 10:00
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Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Johannesburg 10:00
Warriors v VKB Knights, East London 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Multiply Titans, Paarl 10:00
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v VKB Knights, Centurion 10:00
Highveld Lions v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
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