Cape Town - Farhaan Behardien recorded his eighth first-class century as the Titans
recovered from a poor start to reach stumps on day one of their rain-affected
Sunfoil Series clash against the Highveld Lions on 285 for seven at
winning the toss and batting in the top-of-the-table clash, the visitors found
themselves in all sorts of trouble by lunch when they fell to 104 for four.
Behardien, the stand-in captain, shared in a vital rebuilding stand of 157 with
David Wiese (69) that helped them momentarily to seize the initiative.
fifth-wicket partnership came from just 34 overs with all-rounder Wiese
collecting 69, before both set men fell late on a rain-hit day.
was even time for a third wicket in the last session, meaning the home side
held the advantage by the close.
had been in a solid position after the first session when three wickets by the
in-form all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius (4-57) set them back. He included among
his wickets two of the Titans' key men - Heino Kuhn (six) and Theunis de Bruyn
Behardien and Wiese looked to have weathered the storm by taking their side to
249 for four with less than 10 overs to play.
returning Hardus Viljoen (2-80) then struck some telling late blows to leave
the second-placed Johannesburg side with the edge.