Young Ai­den makes his mark at New­lands

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A SEC­OND suc­ces­sive cen­tury from Ai­den Markram en­sured the Ti­tans were on the road for vic­tory af­ter two days of their Sun­foil Series clash against the Cape Co­bras at New­lands in Cape Town yes­ter­day.

The 22- year- old, who hit 162 on his fran­chise de­but last week, fol­lowed that with 139 ( 200 balls, 21 fours) as the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons amassed 400 all out – a lead of 165 – be­fore re­duc­ing the hosts to 37/ 3 by stumps.

Markram was not the only bats­man to shine for the vis­i­tors on the day.

They re­sumed on 108/ 1 with Markram and Grant Mokoena ( 59 off 82 balls, seven fours and a six) ex­tend­ing the score to 155 in a sec­ond- wicket part­ner­ship worth 122.

Farhaan Be­har­dien then hit 79 ( 99 balls, 10 fours and a six), while Qaasim Adams added 51 ( 88 balls, seven fours) as the Ti­tans dom­i­nated against a Co­bras team lack­ing con­fi­dence af­ter fail­ure to win any of their pre­vi­ous matches this sea­son.

They were even­tu­ally dis­missed in 103 overs, but by then the men from Pre­to­ria were in a pow­er­ful po­si­tion.

Re­turn­ing vet­eran Rory Klein­veldt was the pick of the bowlers with 3/ 76, while Dane Piedt ( 3/ 118) also man­aged three wick­ets.

The home side only faced 14 overs sec­ond time around, but Shaun von Berg fol­lowed his five- for in the first in­nings with 2/ 3 in three overs to leave them in all sorts of trou­ble.

Lungi Ngidi ( 1/ 19) took the other wicket, with opener An­drew Puttick left to fight a lone hand un­beaten on 23 and with the home side still need­ing a fur­ther 128 just to make the Ti­tans bat again.

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