The Multiply Titans have taken the initiative in trying to beat the inclement weather that has dogged their Sunfoil Series match against the Warriors at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni, going into the final day on 97 for two, a lead of 157 over the Eastern Cape side.
The fact that those runs were scored in just 18 overs, and the ominous presence of AB de Villiers at the crease on 32 not out off just 26 balls, suggest the Titans are keen to declare at some stage on the final day and try and leave themselves enough time to bowl out the Warriors on the wearing pitch.
The third day began with the Warriors on 158 for five in their first innings, replying to the 321 of the Titans, and the leg-spin of Shaun von Berg soon accounted for Clyde Fortuin (11), the wicketkeeper/batsman, who mishit the ball to mid-on.
Dangerous Warriors captain Jon-Jon Smuts scored a fluent 63 and added 52 for the seventh wicket with Simon Harmer (13), a very useful lower-order batsman, but nothing much deters Alfred Mothoa and he bowled both batsmen in successive overs.
Malusi Siboto (17-6-31-3) and Von Berg (30-7-84-3) then completed their three-wicket hauls as the Warriors were all out for 261.
Despite offspinner Harmer bowling both Tony de Zorzi (12) and Jonathan Vandiar (23), captain Heinrich Klaasen (23*) and De Villiers were setting up the innings perfectly with their unbeaten stand of 49 in seven overs before more than a session was lost to bad weather.