The Chevrolet Warriors surged to third on the Sunfoil Series points table after a convincing 161-run win over the defending champions the Nashua Titans at Axxess St. George’s Park on Sunday.
After being put to task for most of the match, the Titans were comprehensively outplayed on Sunday, despite a late charge from Heino Kuhn and David Wiese – who combined for a 177-run partnership on the morning of day four.
After winning the toss and choosing to field first, the Titans looked in good touch as the Warriors stuttered on day one, barring solid performances from Ashwell Prince and Collin Ingram. The home side were all out for 276 early on day two, though, and the Titans had all the time in the world to post a big score.
The visitors, however, failed to find their feet and despite Jacques Rudolph’s 94, they were all out for 216 in their reply, still trailing by 60. Deen Walters was the first innings’ chief destroyer, finishing the innings with figures of 12.4-1-57-5 opening bowler Andrew Birch chipped in with 13-3-38-3.
The Warriors opening pair of Davy Jacobs and Michael Price then made the Titans pay for their failings as they combined for a tremendous 201-run partnership, with both batsmen notching up their centuries.
With the lead well-past 200, the Warriors looked to score quickly and while JJ Smuts and Prince flopped, Ingram was impressive once again, hitting 58 off 69 before the Warriors eventually declared having set the Titans 414 for victory.
What would have been an intimidating prospect for any side got even worse when the Titans lost three wickets before the close of play on day three, including the prize scalp of Jacques Rudolph as Birch continued to impress and Gulshwin Rabie also coming to the party. The two bowlers were in business again, early on day four as the Titans lost two quick wickets in the morning session, leaving them reeling on 41-5.
Kuhn and Wiese then stepped in and, for a brief while, it looked like they were going nowhere and scored their runs with ease, picking up boundaries at will. The two raced to their 50s and were both still unbeaten at the lunch interval with the deficit being reduced slowly.
Warriors came back swinging after the break, though and it was Simon Harmer’s spin which eventually outfoxed Kuhn, trapping him leg-before.
Wiese followed soon after, trying to pull away, but ended up being caught thanks to a good diving effort by Birch.
Clinging on for a draw was looking improbable and the win impossible and Rabie and Birch put the visitors out of their misery and wrapped up the tail to seal a victory for the home team.
The Warriors now sit third on the Sunfoil Series points table, while the defending champions the Titans drop to second last.