Cape Town - An assured century by Colin Ackermann helped the Warriors take control of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Titans after day two at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
The right-hander made 136 (286 balls. 13 fours), his seventh career century, as the hosts reached stumps on a laudable 295/6 – a lead of 68.
It meant they had only lost five wickets in the day after starting it in a bit of trouble on 5/1 in reply to the visitors’ 227.
Ackermann and Edward Moore put on 135 for the second wicket to lay the perfect foundation with the latter making 69 (146 balls, 9 fours, 1 six).
Their stand was eventually broken by Rowan Richards (2/67), with Lesiba Ngoepe (45) then helping Ackermann carry them further forward with a partnership of 90 for the third wicket.
Defending champions the Titans did manage to fight back towards the latter part of the day when four wickets fell in 25 overs.
Shaun von Berg (2/74) and Malusi Siboto (1/60) were the other wicket-takers on the day, while Morne Morkel, warming up for the Proteas’ tour to Australia, sent down 21 overs for figures of 1/43.
Ackermann fell in the penultimate over of the day, when he was removed by Richards, although it was still advantage Warriors at the close.