Dean Elgar crafted his way to a century to help the Chevrolet Knights to 307-8 at stumps on the first day of their Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Thursday.
Opening batsman Elgar, who brought up his 19th first-class ton off 155 deliveries, eventually made his way to 122 off 171 balls with 16 fours and a six before he was bowled by seamer Ayabulela Gqamane.
Lefe Mosena then built on Elgar’s good work with an obdurate 67 not out with the right-handed batsman facing 137 deliveries and striking seven fours in building his innings.
Elgar and Werner Coetsee had combined for an important fifth-wicket stand of 113 off 27.2 overs to rescue the visitors after they had been reduced to 76-4 before lunch.
Elgar was the first of the pair to depart before Coetsee was dismissed by offspinner Simon Harmer for a valuable 40 off 79 balls shortly before the tea break.
Johan van der Wath (16) and Mosena added 54 runs for the seventh wicket before Van der Wath was caught behind by keeper Davy Jacobs off the part-time leg-spin of Colin Ingram.
Dillon du Preez (22) and Mosena continued to torment the bowlers as they added 53 runs for the eighth wicket with Du Preez eventually being bowled by seamer Andrew Birch.
Quinton Friend (3 not out) was with Mosena at the crease when the last ball of the day was bowled.
The Knights had won the toss and elected to bat but they lost Reeza Hendricks (6) cheaply when the opening batsman was out leg-before to paceman Andrew Birch.
But Elgar and Rilee Rossouw (20) put together a steady second-wicket stand of 61 off 20.2 overs to lead the Knights to 69 before the left-handed Rossouw was dismissed by Harmer.
The Knights had looked handily placed on 76-2 but seamer Rusty Theron trapped both Rudi Second (2) and Diego Rosier (0) leg-before with consecutive deliveries to precipitate something of a collapse.
Elgar brought up his 25th first-class fifty off 79 balls but wickets continued to tumble at the other end as Theron’s double-strike saw the visitors tumble to 76-4 as they lost three wickets for the addition of just seven runs in the space of four overs.
But Elgar and Coetsee then blunted the Warriors’ attack with their impressive stand.
Birch ended the day with 2-59 while Theron claimed 2-63. Harmer bowled an impressive 31 overs as he ended with 2-84.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Michael Price, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Ryan Bailey, Davy Jacobs (capt, wk), David White, Simon Harmer, Ayabulela Gqamane, Andrew Birch, Rusty Theron, Basheer Walters.
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Rudi Second, Diego Rosier, Johan van der Wath (capt), Werner Coetsee, Lefa Mosena (wk), Quinton Friend, Dillon du Preez, Malusi Siboto.