Lions continue their charge for second
The bizhub Highveld Lions continued their charge for second place in the Sunfoil Series in their match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Axxess St George's on Saturday.
Centuries from Alviro Petersen and Neil McKenzie helped the Lions to 367 all out in their second innings, setting the hosts a target of 390 runs to win.
The Lions picked up four early wickets as the Warriors went to stumps on the third day on 119-4, still needing 271 more for victory.
The visitors fell apart in their first innings and were all out for 157, but fought back and managed to dismiss the Warriors for 135 as Hardus Viljoen and Zander de Bruyn both picked up three scalps.
The Lions got their second innings off to an equally shaky start as both openers fell early, but a 220-run stand between Petersen and McKenzie steadied the ship and helped the Lions build towards a big total.
Petersen was dismissed for 119 when a ball from Simon Harmer turned slightly and was edged through to the keeper.
McKenzie followed exactly an over later, also edging through to the keeper off Ayabulela Gqamane, for 104.
Temba Bavuma added 28 before he was caught and bowled by Andrew Birch, but the Lions were well on top at the lunch break.
Zander de Bruyn had dug in for 24 off 50 while new man in Thami Tsolekile held up the other end to take the Lions to lunch in a very strong position.
Tsolekile managed just eight before he was out after the lunch break as he went chasing a wide ball and hit it straight to Colin Ingram at point.
De Bruyn followed after chipping in with 27 as he went for a big drive but chipped the ball straight to the wicketkeeper instead.
Cliffe Deacon, Chris Morris and Viljoen added 29 runs between them and Imran Tahir only faced two balls before the visitors were all out.
The Warriors got their reply off to a poor start with Michael Price dismissed early on, trapped leg-before by Chris Morris for 11 and the Warriors were in trouble at 19-1.
Davy Jacobs and Arno Jacobs managed to hold out until tea, but the skipper was dismissed soon after the break by a great delivery from Morris, which swung back just enough to rattle the off stump.
Ashwell Prince added two before he was sent packing, getting an inside edge through to Quinton de Kock.
Ingram followed a few overs later after adding just eight runs and the hosts were in a spot of bother at 100-4.
Arno Jacobs and Adrian McLaren dug in before bad light stopped play and stumps were called early with Jacobs unbeaten on 69 and McLaren on eight.
Report Day 1
Report Day 2
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Michael Price (wk), Davy Jacobs (capt), Colin Ingram, Ashwell Prince, Arno Jacobs, Adrian McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: Stephen Cook (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Alviro Petersen, Neil McKenzie, Temba Bavuma, Zander de Bruyn, Thami Tsolekile, Cliffe Deacon, Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Imran Tahir