Cook joins the record-breakers

2010-03-26 18:11

Durban - Stephen Cook became the third player this season - and the sixth in South African history - to score 1000 runs in an A-section first class season on Friday when he made 119 for the Highveld Lions in their match against the Dolphins at Kingsmead.

When bad light stopped play, the Lions had 390 for seven in reply to the Dolphins’ first innings score of 185. The Lions have an overall lead of 215 with three wickets in hand.

It was a day of celebration for Mthokozisi Shezi, who finished the day with the exemplary figures of five for 41 off 22 overs. Shezi accounted for Cook, Alviro Petersen, Jonathan Vandiar, Zander de Bruyn and Thami Tsolekile, while the other two fell to Jon Kent, who snaffled the wickets of Neil McKenzie and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.

It was a busy day for wicketkeeper/legspinner Daryn Smit, who took three catches behind the wickets, and also sent down 36 overs. However, he will look back more fondly at his wicketkeeping, as his overs cost him 126 runs for no return.

Cook’s achievement followed closely on that of Eagles Rilee Rossouw and Dean Elgar, who both joined the 1 000 run club at Supersport Park on Thursday. The others to achieve this milestone were Barry Richards, who did it twice, and Zander de Bruyn.