Port Elizabeth – Temba Bavuma struck an admirable century as the bizhub Highveld Lions declared on 519 for eight on day two of their SuperSport Series match against the Chevrolet Warriors at Axxess DSL St Georgeâ€™s in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The 21-year-old right-hander made 147 from 218 deliveries and shared in a fine partnership of 178 with Shane Burger (70 off 132), before Pumelela Matshikwe dismissed opener Kelly Smuts early in the response.
But the home side recovered to reach tea on 84 for one, thanks mainly to an unbeaten 53 off 63 balls from Michael Price.
Jon-Jon Smuts finished as the pick of the bowlers for the Warriors with 4-74, while Simon Harmer claimed 3-124.
However, the day thus far belonged to Bavuma, whose fourth first-class ton was five shy of his career best 152.
His team resumed on 441 for four after lunch having not dropped a wicket in the morning with Burger getting to his eighth first-class 50 from 114 balls.
The two batsmen brought up their 150 partnership from 230 deliveries with the Lions then going past 500 in the 130th over.
Harmer finally struck a breakthrough two overs later when he managed to break the defences of Burger to bowl the all-rounder.
Bavuma followed as he attempted to lift Jon-Jon Smuts out of the ground, but only succeeded in finding Andrew Birch at long off.
Cliffe Deacon (one) and Chris Morris (four) fell to Jon-Jon Smuts in quick succession prompting visiting skipper Alviro Petersen to call an end to proceedings after 135 overs..
The Warriors were pegged back instantly after Kelly Smuts could only edge the seventh ball of the innings by Matshikwe straight to Deacon at second slip.
It was eight for one at that stage, but Jon-Jon Smuts (28 not out) and Price rebuilt nicely thereafter.
They took their team past 50 in the seventh over and their attacking partnership went past the half-century mark in just 53 balls, before it was extended to 76 by the interval.
Earlier, the hosts began the day optimistic of further inroads into the Lionsâ€™ batting line-up after dismissing top-scorer Petersen for 165 late on day one.
But that never happened as the visitors, on 345 for four overnight, picked up where they left things the day before.
The 350 came up immediately after the start with Bavuma and Burger bringing up their half-century partnership from 81 balls.
They took their team past 400 in the 110th over of the innings with Bavuma then getting to his 100 in 163 deliveries.
The century stand was soon up with the two men looking solid as they took their team into the break in charge