War­riors’ Moore leads the way with un­beaten cen­tury

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport -

An un­beaten cen­tury by Ed­die Moore was matched by a su­perb six-wicket haul by Chris Mor­ris as the Mul­ti­ply Ti­tans and War­riors ended the open­ing day of their four-day do­mes­tic se­ries en­counter with hon­ours just about even in Cen­tu­rion on Fri­day.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and opt­ing to bat, the vis­i­tors found them­selves on 134 for five, be­fore re­cov­er­ing to post a com­pet­i­tive 307 at Su­per­sport Park.

By the close, the home side had reached 24 for one, with Si­mon Harmer claim­ing the prize wicket of Dean El­gar (1).

Opener Moore led the way by car­ry­ing his bat for 116 in 203 balls (16 fours, 2 sixes). This was af­ter Proteas all-rounder, Mor­ris, bul­lied the trav­el­ling bats­men with six for 66 in 18 solid overs.

The big fast bowler, part of a strong Ti­tans side that also in­cluded Ai­den Markram, The­u­nis de Bruyn and Farhaan Be­har­dien, could not get Moore, though, as he stayed put from start to fin­ish.

Early on he lost fel­low opener Clyde For­tuin for a fourth­ball duck to Mor­ris, be­fore Colin Ack­er­mann fell for 25 in the 14th over.

Moore then found sup­port in Yaseen Val­lie, who struck a rapid 52 off 55 balls . But Mor­ris re­moved the lat­ter as well as Jon-Jon Smuts (0) and Sinethemba Qeshile (12) to leave the War­riors in a hole.

How­ever, Le­siba Ngoepe (34) added 85 with Moore for the sixth wicket and An­rich Nortje (18) pro­vided fur­ther sup­port to help reach 300, be­fore the vis­i­tors were bowled out in 73 overs.

Al­fred Mothoa picked up more than one wicket af­ter he re­turned two for 62.

Harmer struck in the third over to get El­gar as Markram (13) and Tony de Zorzi (9) then ne­go­ti­ated the re­main­ing overs with the cham­pi­ons trail­ing by 283. –

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