POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 17, Quinton de Kock of the Liopns cuts a delivery during the 2013 Ram Slam T20 Challenge match between bizhub Highveld Lions and Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras from Senwes Park on February 17, 2013 in Potchefstroom, South Africa Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Johannesburg – Opening batsman Quinton de Kock smashed his maiden career century as the Highveld Lions coasted to a nine-wicket win over the Cape Cobras in their opening match of the T20 Challenge in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

De Kock, 20, made an unbeaten 126 off only 69 balls, including 13 fours and six sixes, as the Lions made 185 for one to reach their target with seven deliveries to spare.

Fellow opener Gulam Bodi played an initial support role in the chase, contributing 40 at a run a ball to put the hosts on the front foot.

He was eventually removed by spinner Dane Piedt in the 15th over, and Dwaine Pretorius added nine runs to help carry the Lions across the line.

Earlier, Vilas shared valuable partnerships with opener Richard Levi and Qaasim Adams, paving the way to a respectable total of 183 for five for the visitors after they lost the toss and were sent in to bat.

Vilas, who made an unbeaten 63, combined in a 39-run stand with Levi, who hit 40 runs before spinner Aaron Phangiso had him trapped leg before wicket in the eighth over.

He went on to share 70 runs with Adams, who smashed a career best 43 off 22 balls before Sohail Tanvir had him caught by Pretorius in the last over of the innings.

Phangiso, who removed Levi and Owais Shah with successive deliveries, took three for 31 to lead the Lions attack. – Sapa