Kemp, Gray bolster Cobras

2009-12-11 19:38

Cape Town - Solid batting contributions by skipper Justin Kemp (86 not out) and Alistair Gray (89) provided the sheet anchor for the Cape Cobras' first innings total which stood at 305/6 when stumps were drawn on day two of their four-day SuperSport Series clash against the Titans in Paarl on Friday.

The Cobras, with four wickets in hand, will hope to build on their 65-run lead when play resumes on Saturday. The Titans scored 240 all out in their first innings.

Kemp was a stand-out performer for the second day in succession when he followed up his 4/39 on Thursday with an undefeated 86 runs which included 11 fours and a six.

Opening batsman Gray resumed his innings on Friday morning on 13 not out and batted well into the second session where he perished with his score on 89. His innings included 15 boundaries.

The Cobras showed great patience throughout the day and the scoring rate seldom went above the three-an-over mark as they moved their overnight total of 42/1 to 305/6, which reflected a 263-run advance for the loss of five wickets on the day.

In the final session Kemp was joined by Robin Peterson (36 not out) and they produced a fine undefeated seventh wicket stand of 75 to guide the innings past the 300-run mark in the second last over of the day.

Farhaan Behardien, the Titans medium pace bowler, was the most successful in his side's attack, picking up 2/30 in 16 overs.