Yaseen Vallie’s 14th career century helped the Warriors enjoy a fruitful day two of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter with the Titans at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.
The visitors reached stumps on 140-3, replying to the 364-9 declared by the hosts – a deficit of 224.
Right-hander Vallie led the way for his side with his 137 off 209 balls (19 fours), while Dayyaan Galiem finished as the pick of the bowlers with 4-83.
The Warriors had started day two in a strong position on 201-2 and they continued to progress nicely during the early part of the day thanks to their centurion and Rudi Second, who went on to make 81 (168 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes).
The pair added 169 for the third wicket, but the Warriors then lost some of their initiative by losing their next seven wickets for only 69 runs.
Only captain Jon-Jon Smuts with 36 managed a meaningful contribution from the lower order as Galiem, Matthew Arnold (2-64) and Chris Morris (2-66) all struck.
The Eastern Cape franchise eventually opted to declare, with the Titans then making good gains by reaching 100-1 in response. This was due largely to Wesley Marshall’s 66 off 90 balls (11 fours, 1 six) and 27 by Neil Brand.
But Smuts’ (2-28) double blow had the Centurion-based side suddenly slip to 102-3, before Farhaan Behardien (29 not out) led the recovery that took them to the close without further damage.