Potchefstroom - Alviro Petersen marked his return from injury with a vital century that kept the Highveld Lions in their top-of-the-table clash against the Titans at Senwes Park on Friday.
former Proteas opener, batting at number four, struck 172 not out from a total of
255 for nine on another rain-affected day in Potchefstroom.
11 overs were lost on day one, a few more had to be surrendered on day two,
although the game progressed substantially - the hosts moving to within 39 of
the visitors' first-innings 294.
was all thanks to Petersen's 219-ball vigil, which included 29 fours and a six
during a lengthy session in the middle that almost lasted the entire day. It
was his 39th first-class ton.
was little support from his team-mates - only three other in Rassie van der
Dussen (13), Dwaine Pretorius (10) and Eddie Leie (17) reaching double figures.
still managed to add 53 with opener Van der Dussen, 70 with Leie and an
unbroken 40 with last man Pumelela Matshikwe (five).
de Lange was the pick of the bowlers with three for 41.
Dwaine Pretorius had earlier started the day well for the Lions by picking up
two of the last three wickets as the Titans slipped from their 285 for seven
overnight to 294 all out.
nine were added for the last three wickets, Pretorius ending with a career-best
haul of six for 66. Hardus Viljoen bagged three for 80.