Port Elizabeth - The Titans underlined their
Sunfoil Series credentials with a thumping 10-wicket win over the Warriors
at St. George’s Park that put them top of the table for 24 hours.
Although the Warriors avoided an innings
defeat by scoring 300 in their second innings, it left the Titans requiring a
solitary run for victory, which they knocked off with plenty of time still
remaining on the third day.
The dominant display gave the Titans 19.06
points from the game - the third-highest tally from a match by any team this
season - and put them 3.22 points ahead of the Lions.
While the Lions will move back to the top
at the conclusion of their game on Sunday, the Titans have undoubtedly issued a
statement that they will push their rivals all the way in the competition.
Colin Ingram provided the major resistance
for the Warriors with his unbeaten 115, but it was not enough as Ethy Mbhalati
picked up three second-innings wickets to finish with match figures of 9-101, and Shaun von Berg came to the fore with a four-wicket haul.
The Warriors began the day on nine without
loss, and looked as though they might succumb meekly when Mbhalati and David
Wiese picked up a couple of wickets apiece to leave the hosts 42/4.
With Von Berg getting in on the act, that
became 123/7 before Ingram found support from Andrew Birch (40) and
then Basheeru-Deen Walters (55), who battled valiantly in a 102-run stand for
the last wicket that became a record for the Warriors against the Titans.
It proved enough to take the Warriors level
before Von Berg (4-112) finally dismissed Walters, to leave Heino Kuhn to
knock off the winning run for the Titans.