BRETT PELSER’S four-wicket haul on his recall to the bizhub Highveld Lions side put their Sunfoil Series campaign back on track as they bowled out The Unlimited Titans for just 147 and then closed day one on 109 for four.
Pelser had spent the last few months playing for North West, but claimed figures of 4 for 28 on his return to franchise cricket to help the Lions recover from last week’s defeat in Cape Town.
An action-packed day at Bidvest Wanderers took 10 overs to burst to life but then never looked back. Titans openers Heino Kuhn and Francois le Clus fell in the space of three deliveries, and before long the Titans were 47 for four - and then 109 for eight.
While Pelser picked up the wickets of Cobus Pienaar, Henry Davids, David Wiese and Shaun von Berg, Cliffe Deacon took 3 for 41 to leave the Titans on the ropes.
Only Qaasim Adams was up to the task among the visiting batsmen, hitting 59 before Imran Tahir cleaned up both Adams and Vincent Moore to finish off the innings and record figures of 2 for 9.
The Lions lost Stephen Cook early in their reply, and then saw Temba Bavuma, Dominic Hendricks and Devon Conway all throw away starts as Moore dismissed all three.
However, Neil McKenzie’s unbeaten 30 provided a sense of stability, and the hosts will begin day two with their eyes on a large first-innings lead.