Johannesburg - Reeza Hendricks constructed a half-century to lead the Chevrolet Knights
to 146 for two at stumps on the rain-affected third day of their
SuperSport Series match against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Bidvest
Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Opening bat Hendricks brought up his third fifty of the season off 91
balls before ending unbeaten on 64 off 121 deliveries with 11 fours as
the Knights stretched their lead to 204 runs.
The players left the field three balls before the scheduled tea break
when heavy rain curtailed proceedings. The rain did not abate
sufficiently to allow play to continue as 37.3 overs were left unbowled
because of the bad weather. Play will start half-an-hour early on day
four to try and make up the deficit.
Hendricks and Boeta Dippenaar (35 not out) combined for an unbroken
third-wicket partnership of 61 after Rilee Rossouw had blazed his way to
20 off 23 balls before he drove a delivery from seamer Chris Morris to
Neil McKenzie at mid-off.
Paceman Johan van der Wath had earlier returned figures of 4-79 while
seamer Ryan McLaren chipped in with 3-74 as the Knights bowled the Lions
out for 280 with the Knights taking a 58-run lead on the first innings.
Michael Erlank (14) and Hendricks then put on 29 runs for the first
wicket before the left-handed Erlank was trapped leg-before by
medium-pacer Zander de Bruyn with what proved to be the last ball before
The Lions began the day on 243 for seven before Morris (7) and Thami Tsolekile took the score to 264.
Morris departed in a rather unfortunate fashion when he pulled a short
ball from offspinner Werner Coetsee and the ball rebounded off the
short-leg fielder Erlank before popping up to allow keeper Morne van Wyk
to complete the catch.
Pumelela Matshikwe (0) and Eddie Leie (4) departed soon after with Leie
becoming Van der Wath’s fourth victim when he was bowled.
Tsolekile was left unbeaten on 35 off 97 balls.