Titans overwhelm Warriors

2014-10-03 00:00

THE Unlimited Titans flourished after lunch on day one of their Sunfoil Series clash while the Chevrolet Warriors withered at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni.

A sensational 95 by Theunis de Bruyn and a measured partnership for the fifth wicket put the Titans in total control on 336 for five at stumps yesterday.

Farhaan Behardien and Roelof van der Merwe featured in a 155-run partnership for the fifth wicket to give the hosts the ascendancy. Their century stand came in 96 minutes and their 150-run partnership off 229 balls.

Behardien was trapped in front by the offspinner Simon Harmer just before the close for 74.

He faced 144 balls and hit 11 fours. Van der Merwe was unbeaten on 80 when the umpires called stumps.

The allrounder found the boundary rope 11 times and also cleared it once. Mangaliso Mosehle, on two, will resume today with Van der Merwe.

The Titans won the toss and opted to bat. Heino Kuhn departed for 10 after a sedate start, falling prey to a probing Basheer Walters.

Dean Elgar and De Bruyn built patiently but added an invaluable 80 for the second wicket to give the hosts a solid platform. Elgar inexplicably lost patience straight after lunch to perish following an aerial square drive off Sisanda Magala for 44.

That was the signal for De Bruyn to change gear, and he did that in spectacular style with sumptuous drives to all comers. He plundered 17 fours and a six in his 118-ball stay on his way to 95.

The Warriors attack started each session with good economy and control, but gradually lost their sting on a slow pitch.

Andrew Birch captured one for 61 in 20 overs, while Basheer Walters grabbed one for 63 in 21 overs.

Harmer took a credible two for 71 in 22 overs, but failed to fulfill the holding role as De Bruyn found the boundary ropes regularly.

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