Cape Town - George Linde's four-wicket haul on Sunfoil
Series debut prevented the Cape Cobras from falling out of touch with
the Highveld Lions on day three at Newlands.
With the Lions gaining a 107-run lead on
first innings thanks to Dwaine Pretorius and Eddie Leie, who each took three
wickets, the visitors were in an excellent position to set up their victory
Although they will still go into the final
day with a good chance of gaining their second win of the campaign, they were
held up by Linde’s 4-60 in 23 overs, which left them 166/7 at the
close of play.
While their lead of 273 looks handsome on a
pitch that is becoming increasingly difficult to bat on, the Lions would have
been even further ahead and closer to a declaration had it not been for Linde’s
wickets and some economical bowling from the rest of the Cobras attack.
The Cobras added just 34 runs to their
overnight total of 214/4 before they lost Dane Vilas for 89, as he was
trapped lbw by Pretorius (3-34).
Leie (3-82) ensured that wickets
continued to fall regularly, while run-outs accounted for Justin Ontong (89)
and Beuran Hendricks.
The Cobras ended up being bowled out for
306 on the stroke of lunch, after which the Lions second innings began with
Stephen Cook and Rassie van der Dussen putting on 48 for the opening stand.
Mthokozisi Shezi snapped that when he had
Van der Dussen (33) caught behind, sparking a collapse that saw the Lions lose
three wickets for 15 runs in eight trying overs.
As he had in the first innings, Neil
McKenzie led a fightback but was stopped on 44 by Ontong, while Linde took care
of Devon Conway and Thami Tsolekile.
The left-arm spinner then trapped Pretorius
lbw off the final ball of the day to leave the game intriguingly poised going
into the final day.