Wiaan Mulder took 7-25 in just his second match for the Lions, to leave the side needing 101 more runs for victory against the Dolphins.
The low totals continued in the Sunfoil Series in Potchefstroom on Wednesday. After 16 wickets fell on day one, an incredible 19 wickets fell on day two, in large part thanks to 18-year-old St Stithians student Mulder, who took 7-25 to see the Dolphins skittled for 83.
The Lions were up against it as they were bowled out for 110 early on day two, but the Dolphins struggled to capitalise on their 143-run lead in the second innings, with a 44 from the in-form Khaya Zondo the only resistance. Mulder was handed the new ball for the first time in his Lions career and blitzed through the top order with four wickets, before cleaning up the tail with three more to finish with the phenomenal figures.
However the Dolphins might still consider themselves favourites from here, as the Lions, needing 227 for victory, are stranded on 126-5, trailing by 101 runs.
The Warriors are in a good position against the Titans in Port Elizabeth, as they look to get over last week’s innings defeat against the Dolphins with a solid display against the defending champions. After the Titans posted 227, the Warriors go into day three on 295-6, with Colin Ackermann looking good for his 136.
In Bloemfontein meanwhile the Knights are on track for back-to-back victories to start their campaign against the struggling Cape Cobras. The Knights posted 342, before the Cobras reached 241 thanks to Stiaan van Zyl’s 83, with Mbulelo Budaza taking 4-45. Theunis de Bruyn’s charges will go into day three on 69-3, leading the Cape-based side by 170 runs.
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