Bloemfontein - An unbroken 138-run stand between Rudi
Second and Pite van Biljon shoved the cork back into the Titans’
celebratory champagne bottle and ensured that the Knights lived to
fight another day in their Sunfoil Series encounter at Chevrolet Park on
The Titans had looked set for a swift
victory when they set a massive target of 549 and then reduced the Knights to
42/3 shortly after tea on the third day.
However, Second and Van Biljon dug in for
the remainder of the session to go to stumps unbeaten on 76 and 73 respectively
as the Knights reached 180/3.
The Titans declaration was set up by their
overnight batsmen, Farhaan Behardien and Roelof van der Merwe, who went on to
score 83 and 121 respectively.
Van der Merwe now has two centuries - one
of them a double - and a fifty in the Sunfoil Series, making him the leading
run-scorer in the competition with 417 from three matches.
Thanks to him and Behardien, the Titans
total moved along from 115 for three at the start of the day to 367/7,
with captain Behardien declaring the innings once David Wiese had reached a
All of the Knights bowlers came in for some
tap in the Titans’ second innings, as the visitors scored at 4.28 runs per
over, but Obus Pienaar’s 2-53 were the most respectable figures.
Rowan Richards had done the damage as the
Knights were bowled out for 185 in their first dig, and he struck again at the
start of the second as he had Reeza Hendricks and Gihahn Cloete caught behind
by Mangaliso Mosehle.
With Marchant de Lange inflicting the same
fate on Gerhardt Abrahams, who grabbed a pair for the match, the table-topping
Knights appeared set for their first defeat of the campaign.
The Titans will still fancy their chances
of inflicting it on the final day, but will first need to dislodge Second and