White’s ton helps Warriors fight back

2014-02-21 00:00

A MEASURED and impressive century from opener David White helped the Warriors to a score of 231 for six at stumps on day one of their rain-affected Sunfoil Series clash with the Knights at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein yesterday.

White, who was eventually dismissed for 112, shared in a crucial partnership of 111 with Ryan Bailey (60) to retain their team’s standing in the match after the visitors had stuttered to 116 for four.

The Knights’ bowlers toiled and kept things tight, with skipper Johann van der Wath (2-60) and off-spinner Werner Coetsee (2-44) each registering two wickets to leave the game evenly poised.

Early morning blue skies had given way to grey clouds shortly before the start of play, and a wet outfield delayed proceedings by an hour before the players eventually took to the field.

White was put under the cosh upfront, requiring some 22 deliveries to get off the mark. But the right-hander eventually broke the shackles with a boundary off Malusi Siboto (0-42) in the 10th over, and helped to ensure that the Warriors reached the safety of lunch at 49 without loss after a shortened first session of 17 overs.

The pendulum swung immediately after the break though, as the impressive Quinton Friend (1-19) trapped White’s fellow opener Michael Price (22) in front with the fifth delivery of the second stanza.

Vuyisa Makhaphela (eight) and Ashwell Prince (five) then fell in quick succession, and, despite White raising his 50, the complexion of the game had completely changed by the time a mix-up resulted in the run out of Colin Ingram (six) in the 40th over with the score on 116.

But the extended second session offered new-man Bailey the opportunity to play himself in, and he provided his team with some crucial impetus before tea as they reached 151 for four.

Although it proved to be attritional cricket after the interval, White and Bailey stood tall as they took the score towards the 200 mark.

The special moment for White came in the penultimate over before drinks, as he tucked one away for a single after spending three overs on 99 to bring up his fourth first-class century from 216 deliveries.

The pair brought up the 200 midway through the 73rd over, and continued to march on steadily. Bailey brought up his 29th first-class 50 with a glorious boundary off Corne Dry (0-47) in the 79th over, and it was looking as though it was to be a day of frustration for the Knights.

White’s innings was to come to an end in the 84th over though, as he was snared by Rilee Rossouw off Coetsee with the score on 227.

It got better for the hosts too, as the dismissal of Bailey proved to be the final act of the day, and it well and truly took the gloss off an otherwise impressive performance by the Warriors.

The new pair of Simon Harmer and Davy Jacobs will return to the crease on day two still to get off the mark with the match firmly in the balance.

Meanwhile, four wickets from bizhub Highveld Lions paceman Brett Pelser helped his team skittle the Unlimited Titans for 147 as they reached stumps on day one of their Sunfoil Series match at the Bidvest Wanderers in Johannesburg yesterday. The Lions trail by just 38 runs with six first-innings wickets in hand.

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