Keegan Petersen continued his rich run of form by top-scoring for the Knights as they ended the opening day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Highveld Lions in a solid position at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Monday.
The right-hander, who has made two big tons and an unbeaten half-century in his last four innings, followed that up with 71 (138 balls, 11x4) to help the hosts reach stumps on 312/6.
There was also another impressive showing by young Raynard van Tonder – the former South Africa Under-19 captain striking 70 (142 balls, 9x4) for his fourth half-century in just his fourth game since debuting in November.
The Lions, who headed into the penultimate round of games just one-and-a-half points behind leaders the Cape Cobras, had Bjorn Fortuin to thank for helping them chip away after he claimed 4/54.
But he and his teammates could not find a way past Andries Gous (29) and Romano Terblanche (30), allowing the Knights to hit back and end the day strongly.