Su­perb tons put Li­ons in the lead

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

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. — Su­perS­port.

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