Cape Town - Andrew Birch and Basheeru-Deen Walters claimed
three scalps apiece to haul the Warriors back into their Sunfoil Series clash
with the Titans and set up an intriguing final day at SuperSport Park.
The Warriors’ chances of taking something out of the game appeared
to have evaporated after they conceded a 160-run deficit on first innings, but
a disciplined bowling performance on the third day saw the Titans dismissed for
171 to set a target of 332.
Although that remains a stiff task, the contributions of Yaseen
Vallie (42), Colin Ackermann (45) and Colin Ingram (25 not out) gave the
visitors a glimmer of hope for the final day, when they will resume on 126 for
Walters’ five-wicket haul had limited the damage done by the
Titans in the first innings, and he struck first on day three as the Titans
resumed on nine without loss, when he had Dean Elgar caught for 12.
With Theunis de Bruyn’s 48 easily the top score the Titans
were unable to form a meaningful partnership thereafter. Ayabulela Gqamane also
weighed in with a handy double-strike for the Warriors, dismissing Henry Davids
and Farhaan Behardien with consecutive deliveries.
Walters took out the rest of the middle order and went on to
record figures of 3 for 39 to go with his 5 for 49 in the first innings, while
Birch (3 for 43) broke De Bruyn’s resistance and then grabbed two lower-order
The Titans innings was done and dusted in 46.1 overs,
leaving the Warriors with a little over four sessions in which to score the
After Eldred Hawken dismissed David White in his first over,
Ackermann and Vallie fought back with an 83-run stand before the latter was
bowled by David Wiese.
Rowan Richards then struck a crucial blow in the final
half-hour when he bowled Ackermann, making the Titans favourites to pull off
the win - even if the Warriors boast a greater chance than they had at the
start of the day.