And 81.5 overs later they posted a total of 305, with Scott Rodgie (76) and Ashley Doolan (75) the standouts.
Recalled quick Matt White (3/53) was Manly’s pick of the bowlers, and Lenton is relishing the run chase.
“We spoke pre-game, it looked like a pitch where 350-380 (runs) were on the cards,’’ he said.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the playing group, we toiled all day and were sensational in the field.
“I am confident with our batting line-up we have the talent to haul in the total.”
James Crosthwaite looms as the x-factor, after he finished at stumps unbeaten on 23. He belted five boundaries in the last hour, signalling his intentions.
If Crosthwaite manages to cash in and finish with a century, Manly will be in the box seat.
Lenton also doesn’t believe the occasion will rattle the visitors.
“Obviously there will be a bit of pressure, but that is the case every game,’’ he added.
“The boys know a win will put us back in the hunt for the top six, so there is plenty on the line.
“It is why we all play the game, and good players tend to stand up and be counted in big moments.”