The bizhub Highveld Lions, having been put in to bat by the Sunfoil Dolphins, lost four early wickets as they stumbled their way to 92 at lunch on the first day of their Sunfoil Series encounter at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday.
The Dolphins, though much of their bowling was too short, would have felt vindicated with their decision to bowl first under admittedly sunny skies. Stpehen Cook was the first wicket to fall, after he and Quinton de Kock had added a patient 38 for the first wicket.
Cook (11) was nabbed by an alert Jonathan Vandiar off the bowling of youngster Calvin Savage, before his opening partner sliced Craig Alexander to Divan van Wyk to depart for 36, leaving the Lions 60 for two.
Neil McKenzie then crawled to just two off 20 balls, before his unconvincing stay was put to an end by Kyle Abbott, who had the veteran gobbled up in the slips by Vaughn van Jaarsveld. Temba Bavuma (29), a centurion in the Lions’ last outing, then tickled Abbott to Daryn Smit behind the stumps, leaving the Lions in all sorts of strife at 83 for four.
They were effectively five wickets down when Gulam Bodi contrived to put himself in hospital with his first ball, as he twisted his knee awkwardly trying to make his ground after Smit had a shy at the stumps from an innocuous enough ball from Abbott.
The injury was enough for Bodi to be carried off and carted to hospital for a scan, and his team-mates will have to toil on without him in the second session.
Sunfoil Dolphins: Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo, Cody Chetty, Daryn Smit (wk/c), Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Craig Alexander, Mthokozisi Shezi.
Bizhub Highveld Lions: Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook (c), Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn, Pumelelo Matshikwe, Eddie Leie, Garnett Kruger, Brett Pelser, Imran Tahir, Hardus Viljoen.