The Highveld Lions build the pressure on Cobras while the Dolphins flounder under Warriors attack on day two of the Sunfoil Series matches
Potchefstroom: Highveld Lions v Cape Cobras
Stephen Cook led from the front with the bat as the Highveld Lions set themselves up for a big first-innings lead over the Cape Cobras at Senwes Park.
Cook finished the day unbeaten on 147 as the Lions closed on 267 for two, trailing the Cobras by just 33 runs.
The Lions captain was aided by 68 from Dominic Hendricks, and will be confident of his side racking up a big total with Neil McKenzie still at the wicket and a couple of in-form players still to come.
The home side’s position also had the bowling unit to thank, as it took less than eight overs to mop up the Cobras tail in the morning, allowing the visitors to add just 21 runs to their overnight total of 279 for seven.
Debutant Sean Jamison picked up two of the remaining wickets to finish with figures of 4 for 66, while Dwaine Pretorius picked up the other one to record figures of 4 for 63 in the innings.
Although Dane Paterson snuffed out the opening stand of 73 when he had Rassie van der Dussen caught behind for 23, Cook went on to add 158 for the second wicket with Hendricks as the Cobras were made to toil.
Left-arm spinner George Linde finally made the breakthrough when he had Hendricks caught, but Cook was unmoved and had good company in McKenzie, who went to stumps on a patient 18 not out.
East London: Warriors v Dolphins
An unbeaten century by Colin Ingram and a three-wicket haul from Basheeru-Deen Walters left the Sunfoil Dolphins in serious trouble at Buffalo Park.
Ingram issued a reminder of his abilities by stroking an unbeaten 131 in a Warriors total of 458 for six declared.
Walters picked up a couple of early wickets as the Dolphins slumped to 12 for three in reply, then grabbed a key one later on to leave the visitors 137 for five at stumps.
The platform for the Warriors’ dominance had been set up on day one, when they scored 273 for three, and although Jon-Jon Smuts (43) and Ryan Bailey were dismissed early on day two, Ingram’s knock ensured that they made good use of that platform.
The Dolphins remained hamstrung by the injury to Craig Alexander, and only Robbie Frylinck (3-95) was able to cause meaningful damage with the ball.
Ingram got himself up and running with back-to-back boundaries off Frylinck in the second full over of the day, and never looked back as he added exactly 100 runs from 151 balls to his overnight 31 not out.
With Somila Seyibokwe weighing in with 34 before he retired hurt and Ayabulela Gqamane scoring an unbeaten 24 in 28 balls, the Warriors were able to declare an hour before tea.
Andrew Birch removed Imraan Khan in the first over of the Dolphins reply and Walters grabbed two wickets in one over as the new ball took its toll, and after tea Sisanda Magala bowled Cody Chetty to keep the Warriors in total control.
Daniel Sincuba was the only batsman among the top five to get in, but Walters returned to dismiss him for 49 and cap an excellent day for the hosts.
Daryn Smit and Frylinck held firm for the final half an hour, and went to stumps on 31 and 16 respectively.