Knights on top in Kimberley
The Chevrolet Knights closed day one of their Sunfoil Series match against the bizhub Highveld Lions on an impressive 326 for nine at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Thursday.
With Rudi Second and Gihahn Cloete starting slowly for the Knights, they managed to keep their first wicket partnership intact until the lunch break. They went into the interval with their total on 80.
The post-lunch session brought the game to life as runs flowed and wickets tumbled. A wicket fell as early as the second delivery when Deacon clean bowled Cloete for 54.
Second joined his opening partner back in the pavilion in the next over when he was trapped LBW for 24 by Hardus Viljoen.
82 for two then became 87 for three when Ryan Bailey was caught by Neil McKenzie off a Cliffe Deacon delivery and was out for one.
Several partnerships through the day reached fifty without pushing on past the century mark.
Rilee Rossouw and Obus Pienaar built a partnership that took the Knights past 100 and then the pair took their partnership past 50 in just 45 deliveries as they continued to increase the scoring rate.
With the score on 160, Pienaar’s quickfire 42 from 51 deliveries came to an end when he was caught by Zander de Bruyn off the bowling of Chris Morris.
As tea drew closer there was still time for Imran Tahir to strike, as he bowled Patrick Botha for 11. At the tea break, the Knights were 181 for five and looking to build a substantial total.
Post tea, another partnership began as Werner Coetsee joined Rossouw at the wicket and the pair effortlessly hit a boundary almost every over as their partnership continued to build momentum.
The pair saw the Knights past 200 and then past 250 as they looked solid in defence and confident in attack.
With the total on 257 and their partnership on 78, Brett Pelser found Rossouw’s outside edge and he was caught behind for a well-played 80.
Johan van der Wath joined Coetsee with the arrival of the new ball imminent, and with 80 overs completed, Stephen Cook had no hesitation in taking it. Van der Wath managed to score 14 before he was trapped in front by a Deacon delivery.
Dillon du Preez didn’t last long before he was bowled by Morris for three and the Knights were edging ever closer to the 300 mark. At the fall of the wicket they were 292 for eight.
Coetsee passed a well-deserved half century from 71 deliveries, including 10 boundaries as he batted with the tail and subsequently helped the home side pass the 300 mark in the 87th over.
In the last over of the day, the Lions did exactly what they were hoping to do when Viljoen bowled Coetsee for 78. They claimed the wicket they were so desperately after.
Malusi Siboto (0) and Shadley van Schalkwyk (11) saw out the rest of the over and the home team to stumps.
Deacon finished the day with figures of three for 47 in 17 overs and Morris finished with two for 48 in 19.
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: RS Second (wk), GL Cloete, JJ van der Wath (capt), RR Rossouw, RT Bailey, AJ Pienaar, P Botha, WL Coetsee, D du Preez, MP Siboto, SC van Schalkwyk
BIZHUB HIGHVELD LIONS: SC Cook (capt), DA Hendricks, T Bavuma, ND McKenzie, Z de Bruyn, TL Tsolekile (wk), WA Deacon, BJ Pelser, CH Morris, GC Viljoen, Imran Tahir