Stephen Cook continued in Benoni where he left off in Potchefstroom as his unbeaten century ensured the Highveld Lions enjoyed a productive first day against the Titans in Thursday’s Sunfoil Series action. Cook retired not out on 147 during the bizhub Highveld Lions’ victory over the Cobras last week after his wife went into labour on the second night, and on Thursday the new father reached 108 not out before bad light halted the Lions’ charge on 264/2. Cook received excellent support from the rest of the top order, and had Neil McKenzie (13 not out) for company when stumps were called with just 71 overs played.
The Lions skipper won the toss and elected to bat at the start of the day, and backed up that decision by putting on 114 for the first wicket with opening partner, Rassie Van Der Dussen, who made 65. With Dominic Hendricks seeing the ball well and scoring at a good rate, the Lions were able to up the tempo as Cook put on another century stand for the second wicket. Hendricks made 63 from just 87 balls as the pair added 115 in 26 overs, before Rowan Richards claimed his second wicket of the day.
Richards had already made the breakthrough to remove Van Der Dussen, and five overs after tea he had Hendricks caught behind by wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle to give The Unlimited Titans a second scalp. Cook reached his 30th first-class hundred soon afterwards, and added an unbroken 35 with McKenzie before bad light brought the end of the day.