Cook ton helps Lions top table
Lions 246 for 5 (Cook 108*, Bodi 32, Frylinck 3-52) beat Dolphins 157 (Vandiar 49, Miller 34, Phangiso 3-37) by 89 runs
An unbeaten century from Lions' opener Stephen Cook helped his side defeat Dolphins by 89 runs at the Wanderers. After Cook's innings led them to 246 in the shortened 37-overs-a-side game, Dolphins, after a decent start, lost six wickets for 29 runs to be bowled out for 157. Spinner Aaron Phangiso, who had a memorable Champions League T20, bowled an effective spell of 3 for 37 in eight overs.
After a delayed start to the match, Cook and fellow opener Gulam Bodi started positively, scoring 80 runs in 13.2 overs to lay the base for a strong total. The middle-order batsmen provided fruitful support to Cook, and at the death, Cook and Jean Symes scored 41 runs in 21 deliveries to reach the total at a run rate of 6.64 runs per over. Twenty-nine wides bowled by Dolphins bowlers helped their cause.
Dolphins lost opener Cameron Delport early in their chase, in the second over, but his partner Jonathan Vandiar scored 49 off 51 deliveries to keep them in the hunt. However, at 128 for 4, middle-order batsman Cody Chetty was stumped off Phangiso, and his dismissal led to a collapse. The lower order didn't put up any resistance as Dolphins were bowled out in the 32nd over.
Lions stay at the top of the table after the win.
Titans 285 for 9 (Kuhn 107, Mosehle 69, van Jaarsveld 64, Boje 3-50) beat Knights 204 (Hendricks 59, Rossouw 43, van der Merwe 5-26, Davids 4-43) by 81 runs
In Centurion, another century by an opener, by wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn, led to Titans' 81-run victory against Knights. Chasing 286, Knights slipped from 92 for 1 to 168 for 8, largely through bowlers Henry Davids and Roelof van der Merwe, who ended up claiming nine wickets together as Knights were bowled out for 204.
After being put in to bat, Titans lost opener Davids in the fifth over, but a 127-run stand between Kuhn and No. 3 Mangaliso Mosehle shaped their side's innings strongly. After the partnership was broken, Kuhn put on 121 runs with captain Martin van Jaarsveld, and at 258 for 2 in the 43rd over, had the base for a solid acceleration towards the end of the innings. They lost eight wickets for 27 runs to end at 285 for 9.
Knights lost an early wicket in the chase, that of Ryan Bailey in the fourth over. But opener Reeza Hendricks, who scored a half-century, and Rilee Rossouw added 74 runs quickly to set their team on track. Once Rossouw got out, however, wickets started falling quickly as other than Johan van der Wath, none of the other batsmen put up a fight. The innings ended by the 37th over, as van der Wath ran out of partners. Spinner van der Merwe, who took the final wicket, achieved impressive figures of 5 for 26 in 8.3 overs.
Kuhn was adjudged the Man of the Match for his century. Titans are second in the table now.