The Lions ended day one on top against Cape Cobras after making 257 in their first innings before snaffling both the Cobras' openers in their reply. Fifties from Alviro Petersen (52), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (55) and Werner Coetsee led the Lions to their respectable total, although the Cape Cobras did well to limit the Lions with Paul Adams picking up 3 for 54. The Lions turned a good day into an excellent one, however, when Friedel de Wet removed both the Cape Cobras openers with just 16 on the board.
Fifties from Jonathan Beukes, Benjamin Hector and Morne van Wyk helped lay a solid foundation for the Eagles' first innings of their match against the Warriors at Bloemfontein. While Hector (53) played the anchor role, Beukes (58) was the aggressor, taking just 60 balls to make his fifty and hitting six fours and a six. Meanwhile, van Wyk was patience personified and was the rock around which his team-mates could score more aggressively. He ended the day on 83 and put Eagles into the comfortable position of 273 for 5.
On a rain-interrupted day at Centurion, the Titans limped to 121 for 5 against the Dolphins. Heino Kuhn top-scored with 45 and Martin van Jaarsveld made 36, but the other three batsmen could only muster a handful of runs between them. Jon Kent picked up 3 for 47.