The Dolphins were made to pay for their decision to bowl first at Durban, after 48 from Blake Snijman at the top of the order and half-centuries from Justin Ontong (59 not out) and Neil McKenzie (65 not out). The only success for the Dolphins was two wickets from Jon Kent as the Lions went to 207 for 2 when bad light stopped play with nearly 30 overs remaining.

South Africa's selectors will be thanked for releasing AB de Villiers from national squad duties to play for the Titans in their season opener against the Eagles at Benoni. Coming to the crease at 54 for 3, de Villiers recovered the innings with Andre Seymore (52) and then was run out on 98 with the Titans having consolidated at 257 for 6. Pierre de Bruyn then took over the reins, steering them to 315 for 6 with a solid 59 not out at the close.

The Warriors made slow but steady progress against a disciplined Cobras attack at Port Elizabeth. Having been sent in under cloudy skies, the Warriors lost two quick wickets but recovered well with Carl Bradfield and Arno Jacobs putting together a 165-run partnership. Jacobs eventually went for 87, bowled by Ian Harvey to give him his first wicket. At the close the Warriors had moved to 245 for 5 with Bradfield unbeaten on 118. A feature of the play was that 107 overs were bowled, that is 11 more than the limit for the day.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa