Wiaan Mulder seems to have picked up from where he left off prior to his injury as he ripped through the Titans, picking up 3-23 in Benoni to earn himself today’s Turbo Bowler award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The resurgent Lions have been in roaring form all season, but their bowling options have certainly been bolstered by the return of Wiaan Mulder as part of their pace attack. Mulder made his mark once again during the Jukskei derby against the Titans in Benoni during the eighth round of the 4-Day Franchise Series.
The struggling Titans – who sit second from bottom on the log in a miserable title defence – crumbled to 160-7 on day one, largely thanks to Mulder’s rip-roaring 3-23 at an economy rate of 1.91 before the rain came to their rescue in the late afternoon.
Mulder’s onslaught on the defending champions began with the wicket of opener Andrea Agathangelou in the 15th over, before later returning to the attack and accounting for the experienced Henry Davids and Farhaan Behardien to reduce the Titans to 95-6 in only the 33rd over.
Update: The bizhub Highveld Lions have had some joy with ball in hand as we have picked up 7 wickets so far.
Wiaan Mulder has been the pick of the bowlers so far having picked 3 wickets for the #Lions.
— Lions Cricket (@LionsCricketSA) January 14, 2019
He and the Lions were unfortunate to be sent off the park due to the rain, after their brilliant start to the encounter against their local rivals. The rain soon abated, but the light had deteriorated drastically by then and the umpires soon called stumps.
— The Titans (@Titans_Cricket) January 14, 2019
The Titans will resume on Tuesday on 160-7 after 48 overs, Chis Morris (46) and Eldred Hawken (14) at the crease with the pair looking to post a decent first inning score for their team.
The Lions will be keen to bowl them out cheaply and take command of the encounter as they look to edge even closer to current log leaders the Cobras with an emphatic win in the derby.
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