Lions face uphill battle

2011-04-02 22:26

Johannesburg - The Highveld Lions were left with a mountain to climb after they were forced to follow on in their SuperSport Series game against the Dolphins in Durban on Saturday.

At stumps on day three, the visitors were at 72/1 in their second innings, needing 264 runs to make the Dolphins bat again, with nine wickets in hand heading into the final day.

Seam bowler Mthokozisi Shezi spearheaded the home side's attack, bagging a superb 5/22 as the Lions were bowled out for 140 runs in their first innings, trailing by 336, and were forced to follow on.

Temba Bavuma, on 15, and Jeans Symes, on 22, resumed the visitors' first innings in the morning at 63/2, but Shezi struck midway through the morning session to remove Bavuma and break a 63-run stand for the third wicket.

Shezi continued to lead the way as the Dolphins bowlers steamrolled through the Lions middle and lower order.

The last seven wickets fell for 53 runs and Symes top scored for the visitors with 31 runs off 112 balls.

Sent back in, the Lions were hit early by fast bowler Dane Paterson who had Dominic Hendricks caught by Devon Conway for a duck in the fifth over of the innings.

Stephen Cook, on 21 not out, and Bavuma, unbeaten on 42, managed to kick-start a recovery effort and carried the Lions through to the close.