Cape Town - Gihahn Cloete and Reeza Hendricks added
some much-needed stability as the Chevrolet Knights began their second innings,
but the hosts still have a mountain to climb on the final day of their Sunfoil
Series fixture at Chevrolet Park if they are to avoid defeat to the bizhub
Cloete (33) and Hendricks (38) saw off the
new ball threat from the in-form Lions attack and took the Knights to stumps on
76 without loss, but they will still go into day four trailing by 117 runs
thanks to Neil McKenzie’s 52nd first-class ton.
The veteran converted his overnight 72 into
108 on the third morning and enjoyed good support from Thami Tsolekile, which
allowed the Lions to extend their first innings to 441 all out.
Tsolekile resumed on 14 and added a further
34 runs to his total as his partnership with McKenzie grew to 85, before he was
bowled by Knights skipper Werner Coetsee.
The off-spinner went on to claim three of
the last four wickets to finish with figures of 5 for 78 - his eighth
five-wicket haul in this format - ensuring that the Lions tail did not wag too
He was backed up by Duanne Olivier, who
ended McKenzie’s innings of nearly seven hours and went on to finish with 4 for
94 from 32 overs.
Facing a deficit of 193 after spending more
than 150 overs in the field, the Knights had a major battle on their hands as
they returned to the crease half an hour before tea.
But Cloete and Hendricks batted diligently,
were not distracted by a rain delay half an hour after the tea interval, and
were then aided by an early finish when bad light brought the day to a close.