Dry in top form as Knights slay Lions

2013-12-09 00:00

THE Chevrolet Knights inflicted a 10-wicket defeat on the table-topping bizhub Highveld Lions on the third morning of the Sunfoil Series encounter at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Saturday.

The Lions, who trailed the Knights by 58 runs on the first innings, were bundled out for a paltry 72 runs in their second innings thanks to a brilliant spell by right-arm bowler Corne Dry, who ended with figures of 8.5-5-27-5.

The Knights, needing just 15 runs for victory, scored the runs off 2.5 overs, with Reeza Hendricks (two not out) and Dean Elgar (nine not out) handing the Knights their first victory of the season.

Resuming on their overnight score of 29 for seven, the visitors lost Hardus Viljoen (one) in the fourth over of the morning when he edged a delivery from Dry to Lefa Mosena behind the stumps. Pumelela Matshikwe was then run out without scoring, trying to come back for a second run to keep Neil McKenzie on strike.

Eddie Leie (eight not out) and McKenzie ensured that the Lions made the home side bat again with an 11th-wicket partnership of 36 off 7.2 overs before McKenzie was caught by Gihahn Cloete, giving Dry his fifth wicket. McKenzie battled for 122 minutes, facing 79 deliveries for his 35, which included six boundaries.

The Lions, who won the toss on Thursday, elected to bat first and were dismissed for 204 in their first innings with Temba Bavuma top-scoring with 96, failing yet again to find the elusive three-figure mark. Bavuma shared in two decent partnerships with Brett Pelser (21) and Zander de Bruyn (23).

Bavuma and Pelser added 51 for the third wicket before Bavuma and De Bruyn added 64 for the fourth wicket. Once De Bruyn departed, the Lions lost wickets at regular intervals.

The home side then replied with a first innings score of 262 all out, thanks mainly to Rilee Rossouw who anchored the innings with 111. Rossouw spent 305 minutes at the crease, striking 20 boundaries off 191 deliveries.

But when Rossouw was dismissed, the hosts were just one run in arrears but Malusi Siboto (39 not out) and Dry (17) added an invaluable 59 runs for the final wicket, which gave the hosts an overall lead of 58 runs, which turned the tide of the game.

The Lions crumbled on the second evening, being reduced to 29 for seven at the close of play with Dry picking up three wickets and Quinton Friend (2-27) and Johan van der Wath (2-10) the other destroyers.

The Knights picked up a total of 16,24 points to move them up onto 24,5 points while the Lions moved to 35,14 points after picking up 6,08 bonus points.

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