Cape Town - A
career-best 228 by Stiaan van Zyl put the Cape
Cobras in a strong position before the Highveld Lions fought back
on day two of their
Sunfoil Series encounter at Boland Park in Paarl on Friday.
elegant left-hander struck 27 fours in his innings of 287 balls as the
hosts amassed 574 for eight, their best ever score in the fixture and
second highest in
their franchise history.
However, the visitors recovered from a poor start to fight back and reach the close on 191 for two.
Stephen Cook and Rassie van der Dussen were key to the fightback after
sharing an unbroken 152-run third-wicket stand with the former going to
stumps on 81
(131 balls, 8 fours) and the latter ending on 89 (135 balls, 11 fours).
It was a solid end to the day for the bottom-of-the-table Lions and will give them some confidence going into day three.
the first two sessions mainly belonged to the Cobras, who were lead
impressively by Van Zyl’s first-ever double century.
of his support came through Lizaad Williams highest score of his own
after he hit an unbeaten 53 (59 balls, 5 fours, 1 six), allowing the
home side to declare
after 143.1 overs.
Omphile Ramela was the pick of the bowlers with two for 50.
However, he was then one of two wickets to fall as the Lions slipped to 39 for two, before the Cook-Van der Dussen revival.