bizhub Highveld Lions stunned in nail bitting Sunfoil series encounter
The Warriors recorded only the second overall win of the Sunfoil Series season as they stunned the bizhub Highveld Lions by 29 runs on day three of their clash at Buffalo Park in East London on Saturday.
The Lions had started the day on 12-1, needing just 149 more runs to win their first match of the season. But Bokako, on debut, opened the bowling and tore through their top order, taking three wickets for no runs in his first two overs. Reeza Hendricks fell lbw, Omphile Ramela was bowled and Nicky van den Bergh was taken by Simon Harmer. The Lions were on the back foot on 13-4.
It was a tense ending as Rassie van der Dussen dug in and had useful partnerships with Wiaan Mulder (24) and Mangaliso Mosehle (18), but both were cut short by the spin of Harmer and Jon-Jon Smuts, who had taken six wickets between them in the Lions’ first innings.
While van der Dussen was at the crease, there was hope. But immediately after lunch, Harmer struck again, ending a determined innings of 40 off 91.
Rassie van der Dussen tried his best to lead a recovery, but his 40 lacked much support as the men from Johannesburg were bundled out in 48.4 overs.
As Bokako returned to add Aaron Phangiso (0) to his tally, Harmer picked up Beuran Hendricks (3) and Smuts ended a valiant effort by Nono Pongolo (24). They had been bowled out for 130.
It was not all doom and gloom for the #LionsCharge as Beuran Hendricks picked up a career-best six for 31 and Aaron Phangiso five for 56 – also his maiden five-for at franchise level