Sunfoil Series

Lions fight for survival in PE

2016-04-08 21:49
Andrew Birch (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Two wickets apiece by Thandolwethu Mnyaka and Andrew Birch left the Highveld Lions fighting to avoid defeat by the end of day two of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

After dismissing the hosts for 375 at St George’s Park, the visitors limped to stumps on 76/4, still a massive 231 behind following their shocking first innings meltdown that had seen them score just 68.

Mnyaka, playing in only his third match of the season, claimed the wickets of Rassie van der Dussen (27) and Dominic Hendricks (14) for figures of 2/29.

Fellow seamer Birch took out the key wickets of Stephen Cook (0) and Alviro Petersen (4) as the defending champions once more struggled.

This after the Lions had earlier managed to dismiss the Warriors for their highest total of the season.

Following Colin Ackermann’s 65 on day one, there were two further half centuries for the home side. Somila Seyibokwe hit 56 (111 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) and Simon Harmer 59 (110 balls, 8 fours) as the tail wagged excellently for their team.

Clyde Fortuin (39) and Birch (29) shared partnerships of 62 and 66 with Harmer to further frustrate the Lions, who could do little despite the efforts of Hardus Viljoen.

The Proteas quick and competition leading wicket-taker was once again the pick of the bowlers with 5/139 - increasing his season tally to 47.

Dwaine Pretorius picked up 4/100.

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Thursday, 08 February 2018
Warriors v Highveld Lions, East London 10:00
VKB Knights v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Bloemfontein 10:00
Multiply Titans v WSB Cape Cobras, Benoni 10:00
Thursday, 15 February 2018
VKB Knights v Multiply Titans, Kimberley 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Highveld Lions, Paarl 10:00
Warriors v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Thursday, 01 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Pietermaritzburg Oval 09:30
VKB Knights v Highveld Lions, Kimberley 10:00
Warriors v Multiply Titans, East London 10:00
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Highveld Lions v Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Johannesburg 10:00
Warriors v VKB Knights, East London 10:00
WSB Cape Cobras v Multiply Titans, Paarl 10:00
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v Warriors, Durban 09:30
Multiply Titans v VKB Knights, Centurion 10:00
Highveld Lions v WSB Cape Cobras, Potchefstroom 10:00
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