Cape Town - A career-best Sunfoil Series ton by Grant Mokoena helped the Knights edge ahead after day one of their encounter against the log-leading Titans at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Thursday.
The right-hander was unbeaten on 143 (285 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) at the close with the reigning champions on 307 for seven after winning the toss and batting.
Mokoena’s effort – the seventh hundred of his career – surpassed his previous franchise best of 108 against the Warriors earlier this season, although there was not too much support from his team-mates.
Luthando Mnyanda was the best of the five other batsmen to have made strong starts with his 31. Theunis de Bruyn (29), Werner Coetsee (26), Keegan Petersen (24) and Patrick Kruger (21) also did the early work, before throwing it away as the Titans ensured they were not too far behind in the game.
Rowan Richards (3/53) and Shaun von Berg (3/74) were the best of the bowlers, but both failed to breach the defences of Mokoena as the Knights ensured they were just ahead.