Lions fight hard to end first day

2014-12-19 00:00

THE bizhub Highveld Lions, led by Neil McKenzie’s resolute 125, and Dominic Hendrick’s 99, had to fight all the way to a score of 294 for six at the close of the first day’s play against the Nashua Cape Cobras at New­lands yesterday.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, they were under some pressure after losing their openers, Stephen Cook and Rassie van der Dussen, for just 21 after just seven overs and McKenzie and Hendricks were hard pressed to lay a solid foundation.

That they did with sweat and determination in a stand of 210 to put the Lions in a good position at 231 for two. Then Cobras captain Justin Ontong struck with his off-spin to have Hendricks caught, agonisingly close to what would have been his sixth first-class 100. He struck 17 fours off 211 deliveries.

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