A partnership of 126 between Dominic Hendricks and Mangaliso Mosehle put the Highveld Lions in a strong position against the Titans in their Sunfoil match.
That stand has given the Lions a lead of 319 going into the final day with five wickets in hand. Surely, they must be thinking of a declaration?
Ayavusi Myoli and Bjorn Fortuin, with four wickets apiece limited the Titans to 251 –after they resumed on 146-4 overnight – in reply to the Lions’ 347.
Needing quick wickets, the Titans were doing well when they reduced the Lions to 97-5, with Chris Morris taking three wickets for no run in two overs.
Their hopes were soon dashed as the sixth-wicket pair dug in. Hendricks provided the anchor, scoring 67 off 168 balls, while Mosehle attacked, running up 76 off 96 balls (9×4, 1×6).
Elsewhere, stand of 289 in 64 overs between Dolphins batsmen Senuran Muthusamy and Vaughn van Jaarsveld effectively killed the match against the Knights.
After the first day was washed out, the Knights burst from the blocks to set the tone, running up a score of 487-7, when they declared.
Theunis de Bruyn, on 170 overnight did not last much longer, falling for 182, but the pace was maintained by Keegan Petersen, who was unbeaten on 65 from 68 balls (7×4, 1×6), supported by Patrick Kruger (21 off 26) and Marchant de Lange who slammed 42 off 26 (3×4, 3×6).
To get a result, the Knights needed quick wickets, but after losing Divan van Wyk for 34, Muthusamy and Van Jaarsveld ensured there would be no breakthrough. It was more a contest for batting points.
In East London, a wet outfield prevented any play on day three between the Warriors and the Cobras. The match was interestingly poised with the Warriors on 175-5 in reply to the Cobras’ 291.
Lion vs Titan scorecard