Paterson’s late strikes for Cobras have Lions reeling at 36 for three in reply to 255 on day one

2014-02-14 00:00

DANE Paterson struck twice late on day one for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras to have the bizhub Highveld Lions reeling on 36 for three in their Sunfoil Series match at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town yesterday.

The Lions, who won the toss and elected to field first, bowled the Cobras out for 255 in their first innings but were reduced to 13 for three in reply before Neil McKenzie (15 not out) and Temba Bavuma (16 not out) settled down and saw out the remainder of the day, with an undefeated fourth-wicket partnership of 23.

Beuran Hendricks made the first breakthrough in the third over when he had Stephen Cook (one) caught behind by Dane Vilas. Paterson then followed up five balls later to have Quinton de Kock caught by Andrew Puttick in the slips, also for one to leave the visitors on two for two.

A brief respite followed before Paterson got through Dominic Hendricks’s defence, clean bowling the left-handed top-order batsman for three, four overs later.

The Cobras, resuming on 199 for six after tea, moved past 200 before Shaheen Khan (nine) was trapped lbw by Imran Tahir (4-62). Vilas (34) and Dane Piedt (22) added 27 for the eighth wicket before Tahir beat the bat and disturbed the Cobras’ wicketkeeper’s stumps.

Pumelela Matshiwke (2-33) cleaned up the tail when he had Piedt caught by Thami Tsolekile and then clean bowled Paterson for a first-ball duck.

The hosts had begun the day terribly as Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2-40) dismissed Omphile Ramela (nought) and Puttick (five), while Hardus Viljoen (2-71) had the classy left-handed Stiaan van Zyl (six) caught by De Kock to have the hosts reeling at 17 for three. But a 139-run fourth-wicket partnership between Justin Ontong (88) and Yaseen Vallie (70) rescued the innings somewhat, as the pair saw the Cobras into lunch on 75 for three. Ontong spent three hours at the crease and struck 13 boundaries before being trapped lbw by Tahir.

Ontong needed just 78 balls to bring up his 55th first class half-century. Vallie was more circumspect, needing 128 deliveries for his 50 but both batsmen struck eight boundaries in reaching their half-centuries. Vallie spent a little over three hours at the crease before skying a ball from Tahir to Tsotsobe on mid-on.

The Cobras picked up a total of 4,1 points while the Lions picked up four for bowling the hosts out.

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