First ton for Mosehle as Lions and Ti­tans draw

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MANGALISO Mosehle recorded his maiden ca­reer cen­tury and Do­minic Hen­dricks also hit a cen­tury be­fore an im­proved bat­ting per­for­mance from the Ti­tans en­sured they earned a draw with the Highveld Lions in their Sun­foil Series derby that ended in Benoni yes­ter­day.

The pair, who re­sumed on 223/5, shared a stand of 163 for the sixth wicket that helped the Lions set 405 for vic­tory.

Wick­et­keeper Mosehle made ex­actly 100. His pre­vi­ous best first-class score was 99.

Cap­tain Hen­dricks, mean­while, hit his 10th ca­reer ton, an un­beaten 103 that al­lowed the Lions to de­clare their sec­ond in­nings on 308/6.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Ti­tans looked far more as­sured bat­ting sec­ond time around af­ter they were re­stricted to 251 in their first in­nings.

Led by Ai­den Markram’s half-cen­tury, they even­tu­ally ended on 143/2 in the 50 overs they faced be­fore the match was ended at tea.

Rookie Markram made a re­silient 53 and shared an open­ing stand of 70 with Heino Kuhn (40), while Grant Mokoena hit an un­beaten 36.

De­spite the draw, the Ti­tans did sur­ren­der top spot on the ta­ble.

The 6.02 points they took gave them a to­tal of 70.76, just over a point less than new lead­ers the Dol­phins (71.87).

The Lions re­mained fifth on 61.60 points with all six teams still in con­tention for the ti­tle with three rounds re­main­ing.

Mean­while, ca­reer-best ef­forts from Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Senu­ran Muthusamy high­lighted the fi­nal day of the clash be­tween the Dol­phins and Knights as their clash ended in an in­evitable draw in Kim­ber­ley.

There were also maiden ca­reer wick­ets for wick­et­keeper Rudi Sec­ond, one of 10 bowlers used, as the vis­i­tors replied with 538/7 de­clared to the hosts’ 487/7 de­clared in a clash that was ef­fec­tively a three-day en­counter af­ter day one was aban­doned.

On what turned out to be a flat track at the Di­a­mond Oval, Van Jaarsveld recorded his first ca­reer dou­ble cen­tury and the sec­ond of the sea­son when he struck a blis­ter­ing 203.

The left-han­der also shared in an all-time team record part­ner­ship of 355 for the sec­ond wicket – a sea­son­high for all wick­ets – with Muthusamy, who made 181, his sixth ca­reer ton.

The 22-year-old was play­ing in just his sev­enth game at this level, but did have a pre­vi­ous best first-class score of 145.

Their ef­forts were none­the­less well short of the over­all record sec­ond­wicket stand in South African do­mes­tic cricket, which is 480 be­tween Dean El­gar and Rilee Ros­souw for the Ea­gles against the Ti­tans in the 2009/10 sea­son.

Both Van Jaarsveld and Muthusamy were dis­missed by part-timer The­u­nis de Bruyn (2/35), while Sec­ond claimed his first ca­reer wick­ets by tak­ing 4/25 with his right-arm off-break – the best re­turn amongst the bowlers.

David Miller also bowled four overs for 19.

The Dol­phins walked away with 8.07 points to move ahead of the Ti­tans, while the Knights stayed third with 66.98.

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