Superb tons put Lions in the lead

2013-11-30 00:00

SUPERB centuries by Stephen Cook and Neil McKenzie put the Highveld Lions in the asc­endancy, before David White rallied to lead the Chevrolet Warriors to 132 for three at the stumps in the Sunfoil Series match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom yesterday.

McKenzie (153) and Cook (175) featured in a mammoth 278-run partnership for the third wicket and propelled the hosts to 400 for three declared. Cook scored his second ton in as many matches and finished with 175 off 287 balls, including 27 fours before he was trapped in front by Rusty Theron. McKenzie finished undefeated on 153, including 24 fours and two sixes.

Theron, with 2-82 in 30 overs, was the pick of the attack.

White, on 60, and Colin Ingram, on 22, will resume for the Warriors today. White hit nine fours in his 91-ball innings and rallied well with Ingram and Ryan Bailey after the speed merchants of the hosts, Chris Morris and Hardus Viljoen, had tasted early success to reduce the Warriors to 13 for two.

Viljoen trapped Michael Price in front with a good in-swinger for seven in the second over.

Morris removed Burton de Wett in the next over for one when he edged it to McKenzie, who made no mistake, leaving the visitors in trouble.

Bailey and David White consolidated with an attacking partnership of 67 off 95 balls. Their 50-run partnership came in 50 minutes off 69 balls.

Viljoen came under fire as these two retaliated, and the fast bowler finished his first spell with unflattering figures of 1-36 off seven overs.

Bailey departed when he attempted an ambitious leg-side flick, but hit a slower delivery by Zander de Bruyn straight to Cook at midwicket. Bailey scored 31. He faced 46 deliveries and hit four fours.

Morris was the best bowler on view with 1-20 in 8.2 overs. De Bruyn captured 1-15 in three overs.

McKenzie used the sweep shot to unsettle the spinner, Simon Harmer, and employed the hook shot to smash anything short to the square-leg boundary.

McKenzie’s 153 was the 38-year old veteran’s 50th first-class century.

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