Stephen Cook led from the front with the bat as the Highveld Lions set themselves up for a big first-innings lead over the Cape Cobras on day two of the Sunfoil Series match in Potchefstroom. Cook finished the day unbeaten on 147 as the Lions closed on 267/2, trailing the Cobras by just 33 runs. The bizhub Highveld Lions captain was aided by 68 from Dominic Hendricks, and will be confident of his side racking up a big total with Neil McKenzie still at the wicket and a couple of in-form players still to come.
The home side’s position also had the bowling unit to thank, as it took less than eight overs to mop up the Nashua Cape Cobras tail in the morning, allowing the visitors to add just 21 runs to their overnight total of 279/7. Debutant Sean Jamison picked up two of the remaining wickets to finish with figures of 4/66, while Dwaine Pretorius picked up the other one to record figures of 4/63 in the innings. The final total appeared on the thin side, and that was confirmed when the Lions strode to 73/0.
Although Dane Paterson snuffed out the opening stand when he had Rassie Van Der Dussen caught behind for 23, Cook went on to add 158 for the second wicket with Hendricks as the Cobras were made to toil. Left-arm spinner George Linde finally made the breakthrough when he had Hendricks caught, but Cook was unmoved and had good company in McKenzie, who went to stumps on a patient 18 not out.