Sunfoil Series

Van den Bergh's ton gives Lions command

2016-10-20 20:22
Nicky van den Bergh (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A maiden Sunfoil Series century from Nicky van den Bergh gave the Highveld Lions an advantage after the opening day of their clash against the Knights at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Thursday.

The right-hander made a free-scoring 101 (144 balls, 12 fours, 2 sixes), his eighth career ton, as the visitors closed on 376/7 after winning the toss and batting.

There were also handy half-century contributions from all-rounders Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder - the latter, still only 18, continuing to impress in what is his first season playing first-class cricket.

The South Africa Under-19 captain, who already has 15 wickets under his belt, shone with the bat in the Northern Cape and was unbeaten at the close on 52 (46 balls, 10 fours).

Pretorius, meanwhile, has returned to the team after his stint with the Proteas and slotted in comfortably with an excellent 87 (106 balls, 14 fours, 1 six) as the Johannesburg-based team dominated.

What made the performance more impressive was the fact that the day was shortened and started around an hour late due to a wet outfield.

Their innings was littered with 50 partnerships, with five in total, as they ended well against a Knights team high on confidence after winning their opening two matches.

Duanne Olivier (2/75), Shadley van Schalkwyk (2/56) and Mbulelo Budaza (2/31) all took two wickets each.

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05 January 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:00
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Bloemfontein 10:00
BuildNat Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
12 January 2017
Warriors v BuildNat Cape Cobras, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Kimberley 10:00
Multiply Titans v Highveld Lions, Benoni 10:00
19 January 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Highveld Lions, Pietermaritzburg Oval 10:00
26 January 2017
Multiply Titans v BuildNat Cape Cobras, Centurion 10:00
VKB Knights v Warriors, Bloemfontein 10:00
02 February 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Multiply Titans, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:00
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
BuildNat Cape Cobras v VKB Knights, Paarl 10:00
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Hollywoodbets Dolphins v BuildNat Cape Cobras, Durban 09:00
Highveld Lions v VKB Knights, Johannesburg 10:00
Multiply Titans v Warriors, Benoni 10:00
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