Sunfoil Series

Birch puts Warriors in charge

2014-03-14 18:55
Andrew Birch (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth - Andrew Birch's five-wicket haul swung the Warriors’ Sunfoil Series match away from the Highveld Lions as day two at Axxess St. George’s belonged to the hosts.

The Warriors’ first-innings total of 284 on the opening day had looked a shade light, but Birch changed that perception when he took 5 for 25 to dismiss the Lions for 166 in just 55 overs.

The Warriors then put up 143 for two at the start of their second innings to build an overall lead of 261 at the halfway point of the match.

The Lions began the second day on none for one after Birch removed Stephen Cook on the first evening, and found themselves 11 for four in the 11th over of their innings as Birch dismissed Temba Bavuma and Devon Conway while Alviro Petersen was caught behind off the bowling of Basheeru-Deen Walters.

Neil McKenzie and Thami Tsolekile restored some order with the only partnership of the Lions innings as they added 108 for the fifth wicket but, when McKenzie was caught behind off Birch for 59, the visitors went back into freefall.

Tsolekile was trapped lbw by Rusty Theron, who also picked up the wicket of Cliffe Deacon, and Birch bowled Brett Pelser to complete his five-wicket haul before Colin Ackermann wrapped up the innings.

A 118-run lead gave the Warriors some freedom to play in their second innings and, although Michael Price went early, David White and Ackermann put on 97 in 26 overs to give the Warriors firm control.

White was caught and bowled by Petersen for 66 in the final half-hour of the day, but Ackermann went to stumps on 58 not out and will be looking to add quick runs on the third morning.

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