Pieter Malan and Henry Davids gave the Nashua Titans a good start as they reached 321/7 at sumps on day one of their Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Knights at Sahara Park Willowmoore on Thursday.
The defending champions won the toss and decided to bat first, but the Chevrolet Knights struck early and dismissed Mangaliso Mosehle in the morning session when Quinton Friend bowled the 22-year old through the gate for 32. Mosehle had looked in good touch in the Nashua Titans' previous match, but couldn't quite follow up his resolve this time.
Malan and Henry Davids then combined to steady the ship as the two put on a steady 44-run partnership to take the hosts to 96-1 at the lunch break.
Malan looked solid on 39 off 94 balls while Davids chipped in with 18 off 40 as the struggling Nashua Titans look to salvage something from the business end of the season.
Malan brought up his half-century after the break, but was dismissed by Dillon du Preez for 65 off 144 balls, caught by Rilee Rossouw, but the Nashua Titans had found some resilience by fighting back to 170-2.
Davids then combined with Farhaan Behardien for a 43-run partnership before the Nashua Titans reached tea on 213-2.
Davids looked good after the break but he was soon dismissed caught by Van der Wath off Malusi Siboto's bowling. The Nashua Titans skipper had made 92 off 145 balls in a knock which included 15 boundaries - 14 fours and one six.
Heino Kuhn became Michael Erlank's first victim shortly aftewards when he was trapped leg-before for 10 and the hosts started to wobble on 245-4.
Behardien then followed for 37 off 96 balls, trapped leg before by Michael Erlank with the Nashua Titans on 262-5. Wickets continued to tumble, but Graeme van Buuren offered some resistance for the home side, chipping in with an unbeaten 47 off 57 balls to help the Nashua Titans edge ahead and regain control at stumps on day one.
Du Preez was the start bowler for the Chevrolet Knights, finishing the day on 17-7-37-3.