The Multiply Titans were bowled out for 346, giving the WSB Cape Cobras a first-innings lead of 82, but the visitors were unable to increase it on Saturday due to bad light on the third day of their Sunfoil Series match at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
That the Cobras’ lead was kept to a manageable amount was down to Rivaldo Moonsamy’s characterful half-century and the solid support of the tail.
Following Andrea Agathagelou’s half-century that helped the Titans to 168 for three at stumps on the second day, Heino Kuhn scored a classy 63 before he was caught behind off Lizaad Williams, leaving the home side on 180 for four early on Saturday.
But Moonsamy batted through until shortly before lunch in scoring a tenacious 76.
The work coach Mark Boucher has done in improving the batting of the pace bowlers certainly came to the fore on Saturday, as Eldred Hawken scored 20 and Malusi Siboto (38) and Junior Dala (19) then added 45 for the ninth wicket, the 83 minutes they spent together taking time out of the game and restricting the advantage of the Cobras.
Siboto was the last man out, after 107 minutes at the crease, edging off-spinner Dane Piedt into the gloves of wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne, while Hawken and Dala were also caught behind, off the bowling of Williams and Jason Smith respectively.
Piedt, with four for 81 in 28.4 overs, and Williams, with three for 76 in 22, were the most successful Cobras bowlers.
With at least 100 overs set to be played on the final day, the Cobras will no doubt be looking to score quickly and get the Titans back in on Sunday afternoon, but the home side are certainly still in the contest.