LEFT-ARM seamer Wayne Parnell took eight wickets in the match to give the Warriors an early Christmas present with an excellent win over the Titans in their Sunfoil Series match at Axxess St George’s yesterday.
Needing 440 to win, the Titans, 84/4 overnight, were dismissed for 214, with Parnell (5/48) and offspinner Simon Harmer (4/57) sharing nine wickets between them as the Warriors secured their first win of the season by 225 runs.
On the resumption yesterday, the visitors were immediately under pressure as two wickets fell without a run being added.
Albie Morkel was out for his overnight 29, Parnell inducing an edge to Harmer at second slip, before Mangaliso Mosehle edged the paceman to Jon-Jon Smuts in the slips.
The other overnight man, Francois le Clus (58), managed to add 41 with top-scorer Roelof van der Merwe for the seventh wicket, before Aya Gqamane dismissed the former, caught by Ryan Bailey at mid-off shortly after completing his 18th first-class 50.
Harmer then stepped up to mop up the tail with the offspinner removing Shaun von Berg (15), Rowan Richards (18) and Ethy Mbhalati (13). Van der Merwe remained unbeaten on 61 as the game ended shortly before lunch.
ýIn Potchefstroom, Craig Alexander ended with a career-best 6/38 as the Dolphins wrapped up their first four-day victory of the season, thumping the Highveld Lions by 398 runs early yesterday.
The right-arm fast bowler, who completed a 10th first-class, five-wicket haul, claimed three of the remaining four wickets required, skittling the second-placed hosts for just 102 in pursuit of a mammoth 501 victory target.
Only 45 minutes were required by the Durbanites after the hosts resumed on 73/6.
In Cape Town, Werner Coetsee’s five wickets were the catalyst for the Knights to spring a surprise two-wicket victory over the table-topping Cape Cobras at Newlands.
Resuming their second innings on 74 for two, the hosts were bowled out for 209 after half-centuries from Andrew Puttick (55) and Yaseen Vallie (68).
Spinner Coetsee bagged five for 34 to leave the visitors needing 170 for victory.
Pite van Biljon’s 44 was the top score for the Knights as they claimed a prized win over the defending champions and one which enabled them to end the first part of the campaign in the No 1 position. – Additional reporting by Sapa