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Warriors finish last after narrow 4-wicket loss to second-placed Titans

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 13, 2017
Warriors finish last after narrow 4-wicket loss to second-placed Titans

In the weekend’s Sunfoil Series wrap-up, the Warriors slumped to a four-wicket defeat to the Titans at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, on Sunday to yield last-place on the final standings.

Shaun von Berg stood out immensely for the Titans on both ends of the crease with bat and ball in his acclaimed man-of-the-match performance. Producing four wickets for in the first innings and six wickets for in the second innings, von Berg achieved overall match bowling figures of 10/203 in a total of 61.4 overs.

In a seeping 40-run overtake in the first innings, von Berg also redeemed the-then dejected Titans batting line-up when they stood at 83-7, 104 runs behind the Warriors’ 187 all out, before von Berg amounted 103 runs to take the Pretoria-based side to 227 all out.

In that same first innings showdown, the Warriors saw no half-centurions, but stern batting performances from Simon Harmer (46 not out) and Colin Ingram (49) contributed swiftly in addition, granting more than half of the team’s total. With the ball, Harmer’s spin was also impactful in producing first innings figures of 4/63.

The Warriors were much more poignant in their second innings batting display, as they totalled 354 all out, with an outstanding triple half-century 150 scored by Colin Ackermann, backed up by another fine batting display from Harmer (60) and Gihahn Cloete (49). Ackermann and Harmer heeded the highest partnership of the match with a 137 runs between them. Von Berg showed fine returns with the ball, achieving 6/144 in an amassed 42.2 overs.

In an anticipating conclusive trace for the encounter, the Titans were required to chase down 315 for victory. After 91.1 overs in the middle the Titans progressively spewed on the runs through an exceptional unbeaten 165 runs from Heino Kuhn, along with opening-partner and Protean, Dean Elgar, scoring 58 – scoring a combined 117-run partnership.

Partnering Kuhn at the crease for victory, von Berg then further accentuated the total after scoring a prompt 35 not out – achieving the target with a team total of 316/6.

The Titans concluded second on the overall 2016/17 Sunfoil Series log, just 1.78 points behind seasonal winners, the Knights with a total of 112.94 points. The Warriors ended last with 84.4 points.

Image: Shaun von Berg.