Cape Town - A pulsating
century from Shaun von Berg rescued the Titans from deep trouble on
day two of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Warriors in Benoni on Friday.
the defending champions were still facing the prospect of surrendering the four-day
title after a poor batting display at Willowmoore Park in what is the
decisive final round of matches.
dismissing the visitors for 187 on the opening day, the hosts found themselves
in a massive hole on 83/7, before the Von Berg-led fightback saw them reply
with 227, a lead of 40.
was overturned by the Warriors second time around as they ended 55 ahead after
getting to stumps on 95/2.
It was a
credible comeback from the Eastern Cape franchise, although they will be
kicking themselves after allowing the Titans’ tail to wag the way it did.
resumed day two on 48/2, the hosts lost five wickets of their middle order
wickets for only 35.
Von Berg, who made a half-century against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the
previous round, blasted his way to a second career ton as he struck five sixes
and 12 fours in a 121-ball 103.
He put on
55 for the eighth wicket with Malusi Siboto (24) and then 70 for the ninth
wicket alongside Rowan Richards (20), allowing the home side to take a decent
Harmer was the pick of the away bowlers with 4/63, with Anrich Nortje taking
Titans’ lead was easily wiped out by the opening partnership of 51 between
Edward Moore (28) and Gihahn Cloete (49), before Von Berg (1/33) followed up
his 4/59 with another in the second innings to leave the contest evenly poised
heading into the weekend.