Beuran Hendricks notched career-best figures of 7-29 as the Lions dismissed the Cape Cobras for only 115 on the opening day of their 4-Day Franchise Series clash in Johannesburg.
Cobras skipper Zubayr Hamza won the toss on Monday morning and decided to bowl first under some overcast conditions at the Wanderers, giving the Lions a sniff with the ball which they fully exploited.
Hendricks was the destroyer in chief receiving some backup from Dwaine Pretorius and Malusi Siboto, while Kyle Verreynne top-scored for the Cape outfit with 51.
The home side made light work of establishing an early lead in the match with opener Dominic Hendricks notching a solid half-century as the Lions ended the day on 152-3, a lead of 37 runs with Hendricks unbeaten on 60.
In Bloemfontein, the Knights piled on the runs against the Dolphins in their round-two encounter with Raynard van Tonder reaching a magnificent ton.
The Free State team were in complete control with bat in hand and ended on 323-7 at stumps, with Van Tonder still at the crease on 119.
After a lengthy rain delay in Port Elizabeth, the Warriors and Titans finally managed to get some action in at St George’s Park with the home team batting first.
The Warriors did a solid job and reached stumps on 137-4 thanks mainly to a gutsy half-century by Gihahn Cloete, who will be looking to kick on from his good start tomorrow.