He admitted that the Cobras felt some pressure following the 570 for five (declared) by the visitors.
The hosts ultimately replied with an impressive 514 as the match ended in a draw.
“It was satisfying to score the first century of the season for the Cobras in the Sunfoil Series. We knew we had to take time out of the match as they batted so long, and there was no chance of winning it,” he said.
“We dropped one or two catches,” Vallie said about their effort in the field in the first innings.
He caressed his 13 boundaries on both sides of the wicket off back- and front foot.
Vallie compiled 582 runs in the 2013/2014-season and struck one of the 11 centuries for the Cobras.
The Cobras struggled in their first four-day match of the new season, as their top-order managed only 96 runs in both innings.
But they repaid the faith by the selectors in their abilities, as Vallie (117), Richard Levi (81, 98 balls), Dane Vilas (64, 117 balls) and Justin Kemp (73, 223 minutes) all contributed to the massive first-innings score against the Knights at Boland Park in Paarl.
“You had to get yourself in on this wicket and adjust to the conditions, and we did that well. I do think we turned the corner with the bat. It was not always easy, as the ball was turning nicely,” said Vallie.