Cape Town - Some lower-order doggedness by the Highveld Lions, added to a third career
century by Dwaine Pretorius, helped secure an unlikely Sunfoil Series draw
against the Cape Cobras in Paarl late on Sunday.
visitors were left holding on for dear life by the close when they ended an
epic final day on 287 for nine from 140 overs in their follow-on innings.
by a magnificent 101 from 178 balls by Pretorius, the Lions had several heroes
through the day, but many plaudits will go to the final wicket pair of Aaron Phangiso
and Eddie Leie. Phangiso, in particular, batted for 20 minutes short of two
hours at the end for a stubborn 16 from 85 balls, while number No.11 Leie was
unbeaten on one from 39 balls having batted for 48 minutes. They batted for
over 14 overs together to ensure the hard work done by Pretorius, who batted
for over four hours, was not wasted.
were other heroes too for the Johannesburg franchise with Nicky van den Bergh
making 28 in a little over three hours. The rookie wicketkeeper and Pretorius
adding 112 together for the sixth wicket in 43.3 overs.
Rassie van der Dussen (72) and Shaylen Pillay (26) played their part too as the
Lions maintained their unbeaten start to the season. They walked away with 4.04
points, but still dropped to third on the table.
Cobras, who ended their two-game losing streak, had Robin Peterson to thank for
taking them so close after his four for 88. They took away 9.04 points from the
game and jumped to fifth.