Lions opening batsman Ryan Rickelton hit a blazing century to set up a six-wicket win over the Cape Cobras in their opening One Day Cup encounter at Senwes Park on Friday.
Chasing 222 for victory, Rickelton struck an unbeaten 109 (100 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) to help his side earn a comfortable bonus-point win with 63 balls to spare.
Rickelton shared a 98-run third-wicket partnership with Dominic Hendricks, who scored 54 off 61 balls.
The Lions have some advantage ahead of this year's One Day Cup as Senwes Park in Potchefstroom is known as the second-home ground for the Johannesburg-franchise.
Despite winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Cape Cobras lost wickets at regular intervals despite the stability of Proteas batsman Janneman Malan.
Malan top-scored for the Ashwell Prince's troops as he made 67 off 94 balls. Christiaan Jonker, who played 2 ODIs and 2 T20s for the Proteas, contributed 33 and making his Cobras debut, Jean du Plessis scored 34.
Lions skipper Aaron Phangiso was the most economical bowler as he finished 2/33, while Proteas fast bowler Sisanda Magala took 2/47 and veteran Malusi Siboto claiming 2/50.
The Cape Cobras continue to search for their first victory of the season after going winless in the opening leg of the 4-Day Franchise Series.
On Sunday, the Warriors play their first One Day Cup match as they take on the Lions. Play starts at 10:00.
Scores in brief:
Cape Cobras 221 all out (Malan 67, Phangiso 2/33)
Lions 222/4 in 39.2 overs (Rickelton 109*, Mahima 1/32)
Result: Lions win by 6 wickets
- Compiled by Sport24 staff