Warriors in strong position
Michael Price (Gallo Images)
Centurion - An undefeated half-century from Michael Price guided the Warriors to 87 for one at stumps on day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Titans at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
They are still trailing by 135 runs but are very handily placed.
The visitors had started off their chase badly when Davy Jacobs was bowled by Ethy Mbhalati without scoring, but Price and Arno Jacobs
ended the day with an undefeated 2nd wicket partnership of 86.
Price had brought up his 19th first-class half-century off the third last ball of the day, taking 101 minutes and 72 balls, and including eight boundaries. Arno Jacobs
ended undefeated on 29, with five fours to his name.Full scorecard
In addition to Mbhalati and CJ de Villiers, Shaun Liebisch and former Proteas spinner, Paul Harris
, went for more than four runs per over. David Wiese could not find the right line or length and was punished, especially by Price, ending the day wicket-less and conceding 5.50 runs per over.
The Titans had earlier been bowled out for 222 in their first innings, after resuming after tea on 198 for seven.
It had been a day of double-strikes for the Titans as on four occasions, the home team lost two quick wickets, at the start of play, before lunch, after lunch and then after tea. Roelof van der Merwe and CJ de Villiers had resumed after tea with their 8th wicket partnership on 50, when Van der Merwe brought up his fifty off 64 balls in 83 minutes, which included five boundaries and a six. B
ut De Villiers was not able to add to his total of nine, when he was needlessly run out. Six balls later, Van der Merwe (51) lost his wicket when he edged a delivery from Christiaan Jonker to Adrian McLaren behind the stumps. It was then up to Ethy Mbhalati and Paul Harris
to have some fun, as the 10th wicket partnership realised 22 runs off just 3.2 overs.
Simon Harmer picked up his third wicket of the day when he dispatched Mbhalati for nine, with the total on double nelson.
The Titans had earlier won the toss, and rued their decision to bat first, as they lost two quick wickets with Mangaliso Mosehle (0) and Pieter Malan (8) both back in the pavilion with the score on 13.
Henry Davids (27) and Farhaan B
ehardien (39) added 63 for the 3rd wicket before Harmer and Jonker dismissed the pair respectively.
Heino Kuhn (25) and David Wiese (35) compiled 58 runs for the 5th wicket before Harmer's off-break bowling dismissed Kuhn, caught behind. Gurshwin Rabie then picked up the 3rd of his four wickets by bowling Wiese, to leave the home team on 138 for six.
Shaun Liebisch (2) followed shortly thereafter, being trapped in front by Rabie, who ended with 4/30. Harmer claimed 3/66 while Jonker claimed two wickets for just 14 runs.Teams:Titans:
Pieter Malan, Mangaliso Mosehle, Henry Davids (capt), Farhaan B
ehardien, Heino Kuhn (w/k), David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Shaun Liebisch, CJ de Villiers, Paul Harris
, Ethy Mbhalati.Warriors:
Michael Price, Davy Jacobs (capt), Arno Jacobs
, Ashwell Prince
, Colin Ingram
, Christiaan Jonker, Adrian McLaren (w/k), Simon Harmer, B
asheer Walters, Ayabulela Gqamane, Gurshwin Rabie.