Pelser reinvigorates Lions
Brett Pelser (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Brett Pelser's four-wicket haul on his recall to the Highveld Lions side put their Sunfoil Series campaign back on track as they bowled out the Titans for just 147 and then closed day one on 109 for four.
Pelser had spent the last few months playing for North West, but claimed figures of 4 for 28 on his return to franchise cricket to help the Lions recover from last week’s defeat in Cape Town.
An action-packed day at the Wanderers took 10 overs to burst to life but then never looked back.
Titans openers Heino Kuhn
and Francois le Clus fell in the space of three deliveries, and before long the Titans were 47 for four - and then 109 for eight.
While Pelser picked up the wickets of Cobus Pienaar, Henry Davids
, David Wiese
and Shaun von Berg, Cliffe Deacon
took 3 for 41 to leave the Titans on the ropes.
Only Qaasim Adams
was up to the task among the visiting batsmen, hitting 59 before Imran Tahir
cleaned up both Adams and Vincent Moore to finish off the innings and record figures of 2 for 9.
The Lions lost Stephen Cook
early in their reply, and then saw Temba Bavuma
, Dominic Hendricks
and Devon Conway all throw away starts as Moore dismissed all three.
However, Neil McKenzie
’s unbeaten 30 provided a sense of stability, and the hosts will begin day two with their eyes on a large first-innings lead.