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Lions remained unbeaten

The Highveld Lions remained unbeaten in the Standard Bank Pro20 competition as they won their washed out match against the Gestetner Diamond Eagles by eight wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Chasing 157 for victory, the Lions reached 98 for two after 12.3 overs, thanks to Alviro Petersen's savage onslaught, before a second bout of thundershowers lingered long enough to force the end of the game.

The Lions were in early trouble when Blake Snijman (1) drove Victor Mpitsang to cover, but Tyron Henderson was promoted up the order and tore into the Eagles attack with five fours off nine balls in his 22.

Mpitsang trapped him leg-before, however, and the Lions were 31 for two with Petersen, battling a poor start to the competition, starting slowly.

But the medium-pace of Mpitsang proved to his liking and he took 20 runs, courtesy of five boundaries, in the sixth over which made the rest of the Lions' run-chase comfortable.

When the rain returned, Petersen had put the Lions in a commanding position with his 56 not out off 35 balls, with nine fours and a six, while captain Neil McKenzie was on 16.

The Diamond Eagles had earlier meandered their way to 156 for five on a benign Sedgars Park pitch.

The Eagles lost their prolific opening pair of Jacques Rudolph (12) and Morne van Wyk (16) in the first five overs and then battled to dominate the Lions' slower bowlers on a pitch that was perhaps slower than expected.

Stalwart Nicky Boje was the one batsman to inject some urgency in the Eagles' innings, finishing on 52 not out off 38 balls, with five fours, and their modest, if defendable, total was largely due to the skipper.

Boje was, however, involved in two run outs, leaving both Ryan Bailey (4) and Ryan McLaren (33) stranded.

Bailey was run out as he looked for a single off a reverse-sweep, while McLaren looked for a second run to long-off when there really wasn't one on.

McLaren had hit his 33 runs off just 28 balls, with three fours, and it was their partnership of 71 off 8.1 overs that gave the Eagles a respectable total.

Van Wyk hit three breezy boundaries in his 16 off 12 balls before a miscued pull off Garnett Kruger failed to beat Dumisa Makalima at wide mid-on, while Boeta Dippenaar scored a brisk 24 with two fours and a six before Eugene Moleon intercepted a slog-sweep off Justin Ontong on the midwicket boundary.

Werner Coetsee, enjoying a fine Pro20 season, was once again the pick of the Lions bowlers, darting in his off-breaks as he conceded just 24 runs in his four overs, but it was a good all-round bowling performance by the home side.

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