Potchefstroom - Aggressive batting followed by disciplined bowling ensured that the Highveld Lions
ended day two of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Cape Cobras in complete
charge in Potchefstroom on Friday.
Hendricks struck a splendid 160, which was followed by attacking half-centuries
from Nicky van den Bergh and Dwaine Pretorius that enabled the hosts to declare
visitors were then reduced to 154/5 by the close with all the bowlers chipping
in for the Lions, who are in second place on the competition standings and
trying to hunt down the top-of-the-table Titans.
the day on 346/3, Hendricks, whose 340-ball knock included 25 fours, and Yassar
Cook, extended their fourth-wicket partnership to 138, with the latter scoring
92 (127 balls, 14 fours). Both eventually fell to the spin of Dane Piedt
It was then
the Van den Bergh-Pretorius show as the pair plundered 139 between them in a
mere 15 overs.
Van den Bergh blasted 82 (54 balls, 10 fours, 4 sixes), while all-rounder
Pretorius smashed 60 (40 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes).
impetus allowed an early declaration for captain Stephen Cook, whose bowlers
then delivered to leave the Cobras in trouble by the close.
A total of
52 overs were sent down with Hardus Viljoen (1/42), Pretorius (1/24), Pumelela
Matshikwe (1/19) and Bjorn Fortuin (1/53) all amongst the wickets.
Puttick with an unbeaten 58 (136 balls, 11 fours) was holding firm as the Cape
side closed in some trouble.