Warriors in strong position on day one

2013-01-04 00:00

CENTURION — An undefeated half-century from Michael Price guided the Warriors to 87 for one at stumps on day one of their Sunfoil Series clash against the Titans at SuperSport Park yesterday.

They are still trailing by 135 runs, but are very handily placed.

The visitors had started off their chase badly when Davy Jacobs was bowled by Ethy Mbhalati without scoring, but Price and Arno Jacobs ended the day with a partnership of 86.

Price had brought up his 19th first-class half-century off the third last ball of the day, taking 101 minutes and 72 balls, and including eight boundaries.

Arno Jacobs ended undefeated on 29, with five fours to his name.

In addition to Mbhalati and CJ de Villiers, Shaun Liebisch and Paul Harris went for more than four runs per over.

The Titans had earlier been bowled out for 222 in their first innings, after resuming after tea on 198 for seven.

Roelof van der Merwe and De Villiers had resumed after tea with their eighth-wicket partnership on 50, when Van der Merwe brought up his fifty off 64 balls in 83 minutes, which included five boundaries and a six. But De Villiers was not able to add to his total of nine, when he was needlessly run out.

Van der Merwe lost his wicket when he edged a ball from Christiaan Jonker to Adrian McLaren.

It was then up to Mbhalati and Harris to have some fun, as the 10th wicket partnership realised 22 runs off just 3.2 overs.

Simon Harmer picked up his third wicket of the day when he dispatched Mbhalati for nine, with the total on double nelson.

The Titans had earlier won the toss, and rued their decision to bat first, as they lost two quick wickets with Mangaliso Mosehle (zero) and Pieter Malan (eight) both back in the pavilion with the score on 13.

Henry Davids (27) and Farhaan Behardien (39) added 63 for the third wicket before Harmer and Jonker dismissed the pair.

Heino Kuhn (25) and David Wiese (35) compiled 58 runs for the fifth wicket before Harmer’s off-break bowling dismissed Kuhn, caught behind. Gurshwin Rabie then picked up the third of his four wickets by bowling David Wiese, to leave the home team on 138 for six.

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