4-Day Franchise

Makhanya century can't prevent Lions victory

2019-01-07 14:16
Stephen Cook (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A final day century by Sibonelo Makhanya was not enough to save the Dolphins as they slipped to a heavy nine-wicket loss to the Highveld Lions at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday. 

The right-hander made 128 (230 balls, 17 fours) as the hosts were dismissed for 319 in their follow-on innings, leaving the visitors a victory target of just 46. 

And the Johannesburg-based side knocked off those runs in 14.1 overs thanks to an unbeaten 22 from Reeza Hendricks to reignite the title race by putting pressure on the log-leading Cape Cobras.

For the hosts, it was a fourth loss in seven games this season and came hot on the heels of beating the same opponents in the previous game. 

Their Achilles’ heel was undoubtedly the woeful first-innings performance with the bat that saw them shot out for just 149 in response to 423 by the Lions. 

They resumed the final day already under pressure - on 209 for six and still trailing the away side by 65. 

Makhanya and Cody Chetty, who made 53 (81 balls, 8 fours), initially batted well as they extended their seventh wicket partnership to 94, before the stand was snapped by pick of the bowlers Beuran Hendricks (3/79). 

The pair erased the deficit when they were together and Ethan Bosch (28) gave the Dolphins hope of at least putting up some sort of a target after a stand of 35 with Makhanya. 

But that was broken when Malusi Siboto (2/50) finally ended the resistance of the latter and then the former, with Wiaan Mulder (2/38) wrapping up the tail. 

Man-of-the-match Stephen Cook (15) was the only wicket to fall in the chase, but it mattered little as the Lions cruised to a crucial win.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

Who are you supporting in this season's 4-Day Franchise Series?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.