War­riors on back foot in Benoni

Ti­tans skip­per Klaasen gives his side the edge

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

ANINTH ca­reer cen­tury by Hein­rich Klaasen en­sured the Multiply Ti­tans en­joyed the ad­van­tage af­ter the open­ing day of their Sun­foil Series clash against the War­riors at Sa­hara Park Wil­low­moore in Benoni yes­ter­day .

The home cap­tain made 133 (eight fours, four sixes) to help his side reach the close of the round-three clash on 310 for seven.

AB de Villers made just five on his re­turn to first-class duty, while the next-best score af­ter Klaasen was 41 by Farhaan Be­har­dien.

The Ti­tans had won the toss at the start, but they found them­selves in some early trou­ble on 62 for three.

But the skip­per and Be­har­dien then put on 104 for the fourth wicket, be­fore Henry Davids and Shaun von Berg chipped in with 34 apiece.

How­ever, there was an open­ing for the visi­tors af­ter Malusi Si­boto had to re­tire hurt on 12, leav­ing just the tail to come.

Kol­pak player Si­mon Harmer marked his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son by tak­ing four for 99, while Tladi Bokako man­aged two for 38, in­clud­ing the prize scalp of Proteas star De Vil­liers.

Mean­while, Rassie van der Dussen struck an un­beaten half-cen­tury for the Highveld Lions as they ended the open­ing day of their Sun­foil Series clash against the Dol­phins with hon­ours even at the City Oval in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

The right-han­der hit 55 (six fours) to help the visi­tors reach 202 for five when stumps were drawn early due to bad light.

Only 78 overs were even­tu­ally bowled.

The Lions won the toss and opted to bat first in the roundthree en­counter, but most of their bats­men failed to make the most of good starts – in the process con­ced­ing some of the ad­van­tage to the Dol­phins.

Stephen Cook made 20 and shared in a 55-run open­ing stand with Reeza Hen­dricks (41), but both were dis­missed by the spin of Senu­ran Muthusamy (2/57).

Om­phile Ramela fol­lowed the open­ers with 25, be­fore Mthokozisi Shezi ac­counted for Nicky van den Bergh (13) and Dwaine Pre­to­rius (6) cheaply.

Van der Dussen none­the­less kept fight­ing and found a ca­pa­ble part­ner in Wi­aan Mul­der (41 not out) as the pair shared an un­bro­ken stand of 62 that took the Lions to the close. – Cricket South Africa

PHO­TO­GRAPH: JO­HAN RYNNERS/ GALLO IM­AGES

MY BALL: War­riors spin­ner Si­mon Harmer dur­ing day one of the Sun­foil 4-Day Series match against the Ti­tans at Sa­hara Park Wil­low­moore in Benoni yes­ter­day

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