• Vallie counters Galiem in Port Elizabeth

    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.

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    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.

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