A monster opening stand of 234 by Aiden Markram and Tony de Zorzi took the match beyond a brave Warriors side at Port Elizabeth in their One-Day Cup clash on Sunday.
Markram followed up his 169 on Friday against the Cobras with a superb 139 off 127 balls against the Warriors as the Titans raced to a 55-run victory for their second win on the trot.
Markram’s innings included 13 fours and two sixes, while De Zorzi fell agonisingly short of a third List A century, his 99 coming off 103 balls (11×4, 1×6). The opener has also enjoyed a good run of form in the One-Day Cup, with his last five innings being 115 not out, 89, 1, 1 and 99.
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The Titans middle order kept the impetus going to post a huge score of 369-5 off their 50 overs, Lutho Sipamla (3-40, econ 4.00) and Sisanda Magala (2-83) enjoying success with the ball.
The Warriors put up a brave fight, skipper Jon-Jon Smuts (77 off 73 balls, 6×4, 1×6) and Sinethemba Qeshile (88 off 62 balls, 6×4, 5×6, S/R 141.93) doing their best to chase down the Titans’ target. The Warriors ran out of steam at the start of the 48th over as Player of the Match Markram took the last wicket to close the innings on 314.
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Chris Morris (3-44), Gregory Mahlokwana (2-56) and Junior Dala (2-66) did the damage with the ball to inflict the first loss of the campaign on the high-flying Warriors.
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