Cape Town - An
outstanding 179-run opening stand by centurion Reeza Hendricks and
rookie Janneman Malan ensured the Highveld Lions ended the One-Day Cup season
on a positive note after an 138-run win over the Knights in
Potchefstroom on Friday.
Hendricks compiled his 10th List A ton after amassing 105 (121 balls,
13 fours), while his 21-year-old partner, Malan, playing just his second
match and making his home debut, struck a free-flowing 83 (87 balls, 9
fours, 2 sixes).
first wicket partnership paved the way for the host to score 299 for
seven at Senwes Park, with the visitors then bowled out for 161 in 36.3
overs as they ended
with the wooden spoon.
Fortuin was the pick of the bowlers after bagging a career-best four
for 22 that ensured the Lions also took away a bonus point.
sides have been poor this season and were looking to regain some pride
from the contest in what was a dead-rubber in the North West.
the hosts won the toss and batted, Hendricks and Malan left them in a
strong position, before the stand was broken after 30.5 overs.
Mulder's 37 not out off 22 balls and 33 by Rassie van der Dussen then
ensured the momentum continued, although two wickets each by Ottniel
Baartman (2/56), Romano
Terblanche (2/49) and Corne Dry (2/53) did reel in the home side
visitors then made a good start to the chase by reaching 103 for two in
the 20th over, thanks in the main to top-scorer Pite van Biljon (42).
Fortuin ran through the middle and lower order with good support from
Mulder, whose three for 32 was also a best effort in List A cricket.