Titans top-order struggles again
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Friday, 21 February 2014

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ANOTHER poor start with the bat left The Unlimited Titans in danger of falling to a heavy defeat against the bizhub Highveld Lions in a low-scoring Sunfoil Series affair at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.

Another 10 wickets fell on day two of the game to go with the 14 that tumbled on day one, and at the end of it the Titans found themselves on 35 for four, trailing by 30 runs with just six second-innings wickets in hand.

The Lions returned to the middle on Friday on 109 for four in response to the Titans’ 147, and took a cautious approach as Neil McKenzie added just 18 runs to his overnight 30 over the course of 30 overs.

Devon Conway was the only wicket to fall in the first session as the Lions moved to 173 for five at lunch, with Brett Pelser’s 35 a handy contribution, but their progress was stunted by a rain storm during the interval which saw 55 minutes lost.

When the players returned to the middle, McKenzie edged the second ball behind to spark a major collapse in which the last five wickets fell for 39 runs.

A total of 212 gave the Lions a first-innings lead of 65, and it didn’t take them long to make inroads into the Titans order in the second dig.

First Heino Kuhn was run out, and then Cobus Pienaar and Francois le Clus were dismissed by Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Cliffe Deacon respectively.

When Deacon trapped Henry Davids lbw for a duck the Titans were in real trouble at 35 for four, but bad light gave them a stay of execution.


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