Wiese sparks Warriors collapse

David Wiese (Gallo Images)
David Wiese (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The Titans took a big step towards avoiding the wooden spoon in the Sunfoil Series as they set themselves up for a significant first-innings lead on day two at SuperSport Park.

After scoring 46 with the bat to boost the Titans total to 353 all out, David Wiese took three wickets as the Warriors were reduced to 165 for eight.

The Titans began the final round of fixtures at the bottom of the table but with the Warriors and the bizhub Highveld Lions within reach, victory over the Warriors would ensure them a more respectable placing in the final standings.

They began the second day on 268 for six and, although they lost Cobus Pienaar for 50 in the first over of the day, Wiese found enough support from the lower order - most of it from Marchant de Lange, who made 27 - to assure the hosts of a solid score.

While Basheeru-Deen Walters picked up another scalp to finish with figures of 4 for 67, Thandolwethu Mnyaka picked up his first two franchise wickets as he dismissed both Wiese and De Lange.

The Warriors were in trouble early in their reply as Michael Price and Colin Ackermann failed to contribute, but David White continued his impressive season as the 22-year-old scored 85.

The problem was at the other end - Jon-Jon Smuts hit 20 in a 60-run stand with White and Ryan Bailey also made a start, but neither went on to make a proper score and everyone else failed.

When bad light curtailed the day’s play with 21 overs remaining, Wiese had 3 for 26, while Pienaar and Shaun von Berg had two cheap wickets apiece.

Debutant Somila Seyibokwe was unbeaten on 11 having come in at number six, and had Walters for company at the other end.

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