Sunfoil Series

Lions fight but Cobras in control

2017-01-07 19:58
Dwaine Pretorius (Gallo)

Cape Town - Half-centuries from Nicky van den Bergh and Dwaine Pretorius helped the Highveld Lions fight back on day three of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Cape Cobras but they were still facing defeat at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.

The visitors reached stumps on 247/7 – a lead of 100 – although it was a far better showing with the bat after their dismal 126 first time around.

Right-hander Van den Bergh top-scored with 93 (252 balls, 10 fours) and Proteas all-rounder Pretorius hit 62 (113 balls, 8 fours).

The men from Johannesburg had started out the day on 32/0 replying to the Cobras’ 273, but lost four wickets for the addition of just 16 runs as Rassie van der Dussen (13), Reeza Hendricks (28), captain Dominic Hendricks (0) and Kagiso Rapulana (1) fell without significantly contributing on the third morning.

That left all the responsibility on the shoulders of Van den Bergh and Pretorius, who shared a 97-run fifth wicket stand, before Jason Smith, the pick of the bowlers with 2/23, broke through with the wicket of the latter.

Mangaliso Mosehle (21) helped the former add a further 60 for the sixth wicket, before he was run out, while Van den Bergh fell in the final hour handing the advantage firmly in favour of the home side.

Wayne Parnell (2/46) picked up two wickets as the Cobras closed in on a first victory of the season.

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Thursday, 28 September 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v VKB Knights, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v Highveld Lions, Centurion 10:00
Warriors v WSB Cape Cobras, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Friday, 06 October 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Highveld Lions, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
WSB Cape Cobras v VKB Knights, Oudtshoorn 10:00
Multiply Titans v Warriors, Benoni 10:00
Monday, 16 October 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Multiply Titans, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
Highveld Lions v VKB Knights, Potchefstroom 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Warriors, Cape Town 10:00
Monday, 23 October 2017
Highveld Lions v Multiply Titans, Johannesburg 10:00
VKB Knights v Warriors, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Oudtshoorn 10:00
Thursday, 08 February 2018
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Kimberley 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
Warriors v Highveld Lions, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Bloemfontein 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
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