Johannesburg - Rassie van der Dussen survived another
onslaught from Dolphins quicks, Mathew Pillans and Calvin Savage, to help the Highveld
Lions set an extremely challenging target in their Sunfoil Series match at the Wanderers.
Van der Dussen fell short of what would have been his 10th
first-class century, but his 98 allowed the Lions to declare their second
innings on 316 for eight and set the Dolphins a target of 390 in
The Lions’ bid for 10 second-innings wickets was then
stymied by bad light, which brought the third day to a close with the Dolphins
on 28 for one.
Van der Dussen resumed on his overnight total of 22, and
made sure that the Dolphins were unable to fight their way back into the match
as he began the day with two significant partnerships.
First he extended his second-wicket stand with Devon Conway
(40) to 79, and then added a further 77 for the third wicket with Alviro
Pillans had picked up four wickets in the first innings, and
he would pick up another four in the second - starting with the double
breakthrough that saw both Petersen and Temba Bavuma caught behind.
Yet Van der Dussen saw out that spell and put on another 87
with Nicky van den Bergh (63). By the time that Van der Dussen was trapped lbw
by Savage, the Lions had a lead of 337.
Pillans and Savage kept at it, ending with impressive match
figures of 8 for 120 and 8 for 129 respectively, but the Lions maintained
control of the match in spite of their efforts.
Hardus Viljoen trapped Divan van Wyk lbw to set the hosts on
their way to victory, leaving the Dolphins with nine wickets to defend on the
final day to avoid defeat - or 362 runs for an unlikely win.