Cape Town - Half-centuries by Andries Gous and Pite van Biljon followed by some hard-working bowling helped the Knights close in on victory over the Warriors after the third day of their 4-Day Franchise Series encounter in East London on Wednesday.
The home side went to stumps at Buffalo Park on 99 for three and still needing 122 to make the visitors bat again.
Captain Van Biljon lead the way with 59 (117 balls, 4 fours) and Gous also impresses with 73 (131 balls,11 fours, 1 six).
There was further support through Wandile Makwetu (48 not out) that enabled the Central Franchise to carry on from their 149 for three at the halfway point of the game to post a strong 362.
That was a lead of 221 and in a dominant position.
Lutho Sipamla ended as the pick of the bowlers with four for 76.
The Warriors went a long way towards improving on their woeful first innings 141 second time around thanks to two solid early stands.
First Matthew Breetzke (47 not out) and Eddie Moore (25) opened with a 43, before the former added 52 with Rudi Second (22) for wicket No. 3.
But the stand-in captain fell on the stroke of stumps leaving the advantage firmly with the Knights, whose wickets came from Corne Dry (1/25), Tshepo Ntuli (1/21) and Shaun von Berg (1/26).
- Cricket SA