Rampant Lions held up by the weather
Posted by: CSA Staff on Saturday, 19 January 2013

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Bad light and rain put paid to play on the third day of the Sunfoil Series match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.  When the players left the field some 45 minutes before the scheduled tea break the Nashua Titans were in desperate trouble against a rampant bizhub Highveld Lions team at 115 for eight. With no further play possible, the Nashua Titans go into the final day trailing by 188 runs with just two wickets in hand.

Resuming at 25 without loss, openers Pieter Malan and Jacques Rudolph put on 44 for the first wicket.  Malan looked confident, leaving well, but Rudolph played and missed on numerous occasions.  Rudolph was the first to go, the first of Cliffe Deacon's three victims.  Henry Davids never settled, but Malan and Heino Kuhn steadied the ship until lunch.  After the lunch break, taken early because of bad light, they stretched their partnership to 25.  Not a partnership of epic proportions, but once they were separated the Nashua Titans lost six wickets for 29 runs in ten overs.

Deacon had much to do with this collapse, taking two wickets himself while also picking up a catch in the slips.  A promising innings from Mangaliso Mosehle was cut short by a needless run out to add to the confusion.  Deacon finished the day with three for 25, while Zander de Bruyn took two wickets and the openers Chris Morris and Hardus Viljoen one apiece.

Weather permitting, the bizhub Highveld Lions will be champing at the bit to enforce the follow-on and take the ten match points on offer on the final day.  With the Chevrolet Warriors win over the Chevrolet Knights earlier today, and another home defeat for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras, the title is now really up for grabs.

Bonus points to date: bizhub Highveld Lions 7.06, Nashua Titans 4

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