Superb Wiese leads Titans’ charge

2011-10-17 00:00

CAPE TOWN — David Wiese produced the best all-round performance of his burgeoning career to lead the Titans to their second successive win in the SuperSport Series against the Highveld Lions at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, yesterday.

Wiese had hit a superb century on Saturday, the eighth of his first-class career, enabling the Titans to set the Lions a stiff target of 476 in just over a day.

Not only did Wiese make a big score (124) but he scored it off just 130 balls (19 fours and two sixes) to create extra time for the bowlers to complete the job.

He then proceeded to tear the heart out of the Lions middle order in their second innings, reducing a settled start of 92/2 to 109/7 in the space of six overs.

His victims included the Lions’ two most experienced players, Neil McKenzie and Zander de Bruyn, who were both bowled and made four runs between them.

Thereafter it was a matter of time before the Titans completed the job, although they were held up by an eight-wicket stand of 105 between Cliffie Deacon and Thami Tsolekile.

It will have been a consolation for the Lions that the latter has returned to form with the bat in this game with a second innings of 86 not out (122 balls, 12 fours and two sixes) to back up the 58 he scored in the first innings.

Tsolekile also completed 4 000 first-class runs in this match.

The Lions will also have been heartened by the continued form shown by Pumelela Matshikwe, who took nine wickets in the match — the best performance of his first-class career.

Wiese finished with innings figures of 4/34 in 15 overs to give him seven wickets in the match.

CSA match referee Devdas Govindjee named him man-of-the-match, although he must also have given consideration to Jacques Rudolph for his double century in the first innings followed by 87 in the second.

The Cape Cobras made an excellent start to the defence of their SuperSport Series title when they beat the Warriors by eight wickets inside three days at Buffalo Park.

The Warriors did not make enough runs in either innings and the Cobras, who set a victory target of 126, were home and dry once Andrew Puttick and Yaseen Vallie shared a century opening stand.

The star performer in this match was Justin Ontong, who scored a century in the Cobras’ first innings.

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