SuperSport Series 2004-05, Round seven, 1st day January 13, 2005

Ackerman in the runs again

HD Ackerman scored another hundred for the Lions on the first day of the latest round of SuperSport Series matches © Heeger

Western Province Boland 233 (Bassage 108, Klusener 4-80) lead Dolphins 99 for 0 by 134 runs

At Cape Town, Western Province Boland did not take full advantage after winning the toss and batting first - Lance Klusener helped the Dolphins to bowl them out for 233 with a return of 4 for 80. A maiden hundred from Derrin Bassage was all that stood between a mediocre performance and complete disaster, while a 72-run partnership for the fourth wicket, between Bassage and Ashwell Prince (30) was the only one of any substance. Klusener's figures were dented somewhat by Paul Adams, who came in down the order and threw the bat for 38. In reply the Dolphins showed that the pitch held no terrors as Imraan Khan and Doug Watson raced away to bring up their 50-run partnership inside ten overs. Just before stumps they shut up shop. Watson moved on to 48 and Khan to 49 to leave their side in the strong position of 99 without loss by the close.

Warriors 163 for 3 (Bruyns 55, Bradfield 51) v Eagles

Rain and lightning at Buffalo Park in East London stopped play after the Eagles had won the toss and put the Warriors in. Mark Bruyns and Carl Bradfield gave the Warriors a near-perfect start with a century opening stand that was eventually broken when Bruyns was caught by Jacob Malao off Deon Kruis for 55. Bradfield followed soon afterwards for 51. With the weather failing quickly and lightning striking close to the ground, the umpires took the players off with the Warriors 163 for 3 after 58.2 overs.

Lions 346 for 8 (Ontong 98, Ackerman 129, Nel 4-86) v Titans

After winning the toss and batting at Benoni, the Lions recovered well from 41 for 2 following two early strikes from Andre Nel. Justin Ontong then put on 61 with Neil McKenzie (38), and 133 with HD Ackerman, to help his side recover to 235 for 4 before Paul Harris trapped Ontong in front two runs short of his hundred. Ackerman, coming off a big century at Paarl last weekend, continued his good form and reached his hundred today from 145 balls. With four overs remaining in the day, the tall Ethy Mbhalati bowled Ackerman, who had looked solid throughout, for 129. He had hit 19 fours and a six. When stumps were drawn the Lions had reached 346 for 8.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa.