The VKB Knights ensured that the Sunfoil Series match against the Multiply Titans in Bloemfontein ended in a dull draw on Sunday with an obdurate batting display.
The Knights began the final day on 120 for two, leading by 138 and well-placed to push for a declaration and at least give themselves some chance of pushing for victory by trying to bowl out the Titans in the afternoon.
But that seemed the furthest thing from their minds as overnight batsmen Theunis de Bruyn and Keegan Petersen added 53 more runs in 21 overs in the morning.
De Bruyn was eventually caught behind off leg-spinner Shaun von Berg for 83, off 153 balls, a sedate innings by his normally fluent standards.
But that was rapid compared to Petersen, who scored his 85 not out off 306 deliveries, a display of stubbornness on a grand scale.
The Knights were able to reach 256 for three before play was mercifully called off, captain Rudi Second scoring a slightly more brisk 41 not out.
The draw did allow the Knights to climb back to second on the log, but they still have a margin of more than seven points to scale if they are to overtake the Titans.
Von Berg claimed all three wickets to fall in a mammoth effort of 49 overs for 95 runs, but he couldn’t do anything about the negative approach of the Knights.