The Lions batted on into the fourth day against the Titans, long enough to allow Dominic Hendricks to get his 10th first-class hundred.
But in batting on for another 18 overs, extending their lead from 319 to 405, they simply ran out of time as the Titans openers put up a stout defence.
On the way to their over-ambitious offering, Mangaliso Mosehle notched his first first-class hundred as he continued in his attacking role. He was dismissed immediately after reaching the coveted landmark, coming of 123 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. Hendricks was a little more pedestrian, taking 219 balls (8×4, 1×6).
The Titans weren’t up for the gamble and once Aiden Markram (53) and Heino Kuhn (40) had put on 70 for the first wicket, the game was a dead man walking.
As expected, the match between the Knights and the Dolphins in Kimberley ended as a high-score draw. After a day’s play had been lost, the Knights raced to 487-7 , but the Dolphins responded with an equally impressive 538-7, with Vaughn van Jaarsveld collecting a double hundred on the way, his highest first-class score.
At least the bonus points edged theeh Dolphins to the top of the log, displacing the Titans by 1.11 points
The Warriors and Cobras also played out to a draw after they too lost a day and a half’s play. After a good win the previous week, this was the last thing the Cobras wanted as they attempt to fight their way up the log.
They remain firmly at the bottom, with three losses and three draws from their seven matches.
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