After winning the toss and electing to bowl the Lions started well with the ball taking 2 wickets in the first 6 overs. The Civil Service then settled and started to push on scoring freely and challenging the Lion’s bowlers after 20 overs the Civil Service were a very respectable 125 for 3. However, the inning changed course and a wicket started to dry up the runs, only 27 runs coming in overs 20-30 some excellent bowling from Fletcher and Surendran. The final 20 overs they scored around a run a ball and fine 120 run stand from Army old boy Steve Hole managed to get the Civil Service to 289.
The Lions got off to a slow start and at 10 overs were 30 for 1 and a victory looked a long way away. However, a superb partnership of 217 for the second wicket between Bali and Ryder put them back in contention. Ryder finally fell with the score 236 in the 41st over and Cornilieus came in a kept the tempo going. After a fantastic maiden test hundred Bali was finally out for 128 some brilliant shots and a well-paced innings. The Lions middle order eased over the line with 6 wickets left and with two overs to play with.
A great workout for the Lions and a well-deserved victory now onto the northern tour with 3 games back to back.