Cape Town - Rassie
van der Dussen struck an unbeaten half-century for the Highveld
Lions as they ended the opening day of their Sunfoil Series clash
against the Dolphins with honours even at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg on
right-hander hit 55 (131 balls, 6 fours) to help the visitors reach 202
for five when stumps were drawn early due to bad light. Only 78 overs
were eventually bowled.
Lions had won the toss and opted to bat first in the round three
encounter, but most of their batsmen failed to make the most of good
starts - in the process conceding
some of the advantage to the Dolphins.
Cook made 20 and shared in a 55-run opening stand with Reeza Hendricks
(41), but both were dismissed by the spin of Senuran Muthusamy (2/57).
Ramela followed the openers with 25, before Mthokozisi Shezi accounted
for Nicky van den Bergh (13) and Dwaine Pretorius (6) cheaply.
der Dussen nonetheless kept fighting and found a capable partner in
Wiaan Mulder (41 not out) as the pair shared an unbroken stand of 62
that took the Lions to