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The Matches St George's Park - Warriors and Titans Match Fades Away to a Tame Draw
Warriors and Titans Match Fades Away to a Tame Draw
Alvin Reeves

The Warriors settled in for an afternoon of batting practice as their Supersport Series cricket match against the Titans fizzled out into a draw at Sahara Oval St George‘s yesterday.

Set 343 for victory in 80 overs – a rate of 4,29 per over – the Warriors never looked like taking the bait and, though they lost four wickets in the afternoon, they never looked in danger of losing.

The sides decided to call it a day after the Warriors had reached 159 for four wickets, still 184 runs shy of their target and 22 overs remaining in the day.

There may have been a few flutters in the Warriors‘ dressingroom at 83 for three, but captain Zander de Bruyn and HD Ackerman knuckled down to make sure of the draw.

On a personal level, De Bruyn rounded off a fine match when he made 52 in a 2˝ hour stay at the crease. He hit seven fours and one six off 118 balls.

Ackerman finished unbeaten on 36.

On Saturday, a superb second wicket stand between Heino Kuhn (137) and Faf du Plessis (123) helped the Titans gain control of the match.

Kuhn chalked up his fifth first class career hundred and Du Plessis his third, which allowed the Titans to declare their second innings at 380 for four wickets before lunch yesterday.

Kuhn failed to add to his overnight score as he fell leg before wicket to Lonwabo Tsotsobe early yesterday morning.

Du Plessis added 23 runs before he edged a De Bruyn delivery to wicketkeeper Davy Jacobs.

The bowlers toiled under a warm sun in perfect batting conditions on Saturday. This was in stark contrast to the first two rain-affected days when 15 wickets fell in only four sessions.

Captain De Bruyn tried all of eight bowlers as he attempted to secure the breakthrough. However, it was all in vain as Kuhn and Du Plessis piled on the agony.

Earlier on Saturday, the Warriors took their overnight total of 169 for seven to 209 all out – a lead of 38 – thanks to a stubborn 54 from Johan Botha.

The Herald
November 19, 2007.

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