Cape Town - Colossal batting performances by Dean Elgar and Qaasim Adams helped the Titans
take a step closer towards the Sunfoil Series title thanks to a battling draw
against the Highveld Lions in their high-profile clash in Centurion on
opener Elgar struck a monumental 173 (386 balls, 23 fours, 3 sixes) after
batting for over nine hours with his side eventually finishing on 385/6.
played his part and was there at the end on 71 not out (190 balls, 10 fours) –
himself batting for over four hours having arrived at the crease with defeat
looking the likeliest of outcomes at SuperSport Park.
top-of-the-table Titans had started out the day on 156/1 in their follow on
innings and still needing another 223 to make the Lions bat again.
lost four wickets in the first session on Sunday as Grant Mokoena (27), Theunis
de Bruyn (7), Mangaliso Mosehle (0) and Henry Davids (0) fell to the pace of
precariously placed at that stage on 216/5, but a 110-run sixth-wicket stand
between Elgar and Adams rescued them.
did the pair keep hold of their wickets, but more importantly, they ate up time
as their stand lasted more than 40 overs.
who took all six wickets to fall for figures of 6/58 in 31 overs, eventually
dismissed Elgar with more than 20 overs to play, but Adams found an unlikely
batting ally in fast bowler Marchant de Lange.
paceman batted for over 20 overs with Adams to make 23 not out as the game
ended in a draw.
earned 10.56 points for their efforts to leapfrog the VKB Knights into second
place, while the Titans gained 5.6 points.
Pretoria-based side will take a 12.62-point lead heading into the final round
of games next week.