Benoni - Dean Elgar, with an unbeaten 159, batted the Titans towards
safety as the Cape Cobras bowlers were thwarted on a rain-shortened third day
of Sunfoil Series action at Willowmoore Park.
Less than 70 overs were possible on the day due to an
afternoon rain shower, and Elgar batted through all of them to carry the Titans
to 282 for two.
While the hosts still trail by 202 runs on first innings and
will need to bat out at least two of the final three sessions, Elgar’s
enterprising knock has at least seen them halfway to the draw.
He began the day unbeaten on nine, and the most impressive aspect
of his innings was how aggressive he was willing to be under the circumstances.
Rather than simply batting time, Elgar hit regular
boundaries and took just 132 balls to reach his second successive century - a
landmark that arrived towards the end of an extended first session.
He was ably supported by Henry Davids, who slipped into the
anchor role to score 52 from 140 balls, and Theunis de Bruyn, who was unbeaten
on 54 when rain stopped play shortly after tea.
The Cobras used no fewer than eight bowlers in their
attempts to find more regular breakthroughs, but Robin Peterson was the only
wicket-taker on the day as he had Davids caught behind by wicketkeeper Dane
That ended a 173-run stand for the second wicket between
Elgar and Davids, but the Cobras’ frustrations continued as Elgar went on to
add an unbroken 93 with De Bruyn.