War­riors and Ti­tans tus­sle

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Ken Bor­land

Ti­tans all-rounder Chris Mor­ris (above) and War­riors opener Ed Moore were the stars of the first day of their four-day do­mes­tic se­ries match at Su­perS­port Park in Cen­tu­rion yes­ter­day.

Left-handed Moore bat­ted for 345 min­utes and faced 203 balls and car­ried his bat with a su­perbly-con­trolled 116 not out and steered the War­riors to a very use­ful 307 all out, af­ter they had won the toss and elected to bat first on a green-look­ing pitch that pro­vided good bounce and some move­ment for the pace bowlers.

The Ti­tans bowl­ing ef­fort was gen­er­ally messy, apart from a good burst af­ter lunch, which the War­riors took on 118/2, and the home side were very grate­ful for the out­stand­ing ef­forts of fast bowler Mor­ris. The Pro­teas star bowled with good pace and ex­cel­lent con­trol. His re­ward was 6/66 in 18 overs, his sixth five-wicket haul in fran­chise cricket and his first against the War­riors.

The Ti­tans then had to face an awk­ward nine overs be­fore bad light stopped play, and lost the wicket of Dean El­gar, trapped lbw for one by off-spin­ner Si­mon Harmer’s first de­liv­ery, be­fore Ai­den Markram and Tony de Zorzi took them to 24/1.

A mea­sure of how poor the Ti­tans bowl­ing was, the War­riors, de­spite test­ing con­di­tions, scored at a con­sis­tent rate of 4.2 runs per over. While Moore dug in well in the morn­ing ses­sion, Yaseen Valli showed his tal­ent with a quick­fire 52 off just 55 balls.

Moore, who was 38 not out af­ter 29 overs at lunch, then played with more free­dom in the af­ter­noon, shar­ing part­ner­ships which were a rich div­i­dends-payer as they helped push the War­riors to a very com­pet­i­tive score.

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