Warriors in command v Titans
Arno Jacobs (Gallo Images)
Centurion - A 129-run ninth-wicket partnership between Ayabulela Gqamane and Simon Harmer placed the Warriors in a commanding position at stumps on day two of their Sunfoil Series match against the Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.
The visitors were bowled out in the last over of the day for 413, an overall lead of 191 runs, after dismissing the Titans for 222 in their first innings on Thursday.
Gqamane was eventually out to Paul Harris, caught by Henry Davids, for a 90-ball 86, his highest first-class score. Gqamane's 109-minute stay at the crease included 11 fours and two sixes, while Simon Harmer ended undefeated on 66 which included eight boundaries, off 125 deliveries.
Arno Jacobs had earlier shared in two century partnerships, with Michael Price (61) and Adrian McLaren (37) on his way to scoring 105 with 16 boundaries. Jacobs had started the day on 29 and watched from the non-striker’s end as the Titans claimed four wickets in the morning session.
CJ de Villiers claimed the wickets of Ashwell Prince (8) and Colin Ingram (0) while Roelof van der Merwe accounted for Christiaan Jonker (9). But it was David Wiese who made the breakthrough in the second over after the morning drinks break, when he had Price caught by Henry Davids.
The Warriors had gone into lunch on 151/5 with Jacobs on 50 and McLaren on 14. A solid middle session saw McLaren and Jacobs press on until Shaun Liebisch dismissed Jacobs, caught behind and Farhaan Behardien had McLaren caught by Paul Harris. The late double strike left the visitors on 247/7 at tea, a slender lead of just 25.
The home side would have looked to wrap up the visiting tail as quickly as possible, but Harmer and Basheer Walters (21) added 33 for the eighth wicket, before Walters became Ethy Mbhalati's second victim of the innings. Gqamane then joined Harmer at the crease, and while Harmer played the anchor role, Gqamane went on the offensive, striking the ball all around the park.
Gqamane brought up only his second first-class half-century, at a run-a-ball, with seven fours and a six. He then surpassed his previous highest score of 53 not out, which he scored for Border against Griqualand West in the CSA Provincial three-day competition last season.
CJ de Villiers was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, claiming two wickets for 56 runs, while Ethy Mbhalati claimed 2-65 and Roelof van der Merwe ended with 2-86. Shaun Liebisch, Paul Harris, David Wiese and Farhaan Behardien all claimed a wicket apiece.
The Warriors have outscored their hosts in terms of bonus points, which are much needed in their chase after the Cape Cobras, who are running away at the top of the log. The Warriors have claimed 8.76 points while the hosts have accumulated 5.44 points.
Pieter Malan, Mangaliso Mosehle, Henry Davids (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Heino Kuhn (w/k), David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Shaun Liebisch, CJ de Villiers, Paul Harris, Ethy MbhalatiWarriors:
Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (captain), Arno Jacobs, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Christiaan Jonker, Adrian McLaren (w/k), Simon Harmer, Basheer Walters, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie