Behardien Ton Rescues Titans

Farhaan Behardien recorded his eighth first-class century as the Titans recovered from a poor start to reach stumps on day one of their rain-affected Sunfoil Series clash against the Highveld Lions on 285/7 at Senwes Park.  After winning the toss and batting in the top-of-the-table clash, the visitors found themselves in all sorts of trouble by lunch when they fell to 104/4.  But Behardien, the stand-in captain, shared in a vital rebuilding stand of 157 with David Wiese (69) that helped them momentarily to seize the initiative.

The fifth-wicket partnership came from just 34 overs with all-rounder Wiese collecting 69, before both set men fell late on a rain-hit day.  There was even time for a third wicket in the last session, meaning the home side held the advantage by the close.  They had been in a solid position after the first session when three wickets by the in-form all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius (4/57) set them back.

He included among his wickets two of the Titans’ key men – Heino Kuhn (6) and Theunis De Bruyn (18).  But Behardien and Wiese looked to have weathered the storm by taking their side to 249/4 with less than 10 overs to play.  The returning Hardus Viljoen (2/80) then struck some telling late blows to leave the second-placed Johannesburg side with the edge.