Harmer puts Warriors in sight of victory


Simon Harmer led a polished bowling performance by the Warriors with his four wickets helping to put them on course for victory against reigning champions the Titans at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

The home captain took 4/63 as the visitors were bowled out for 235 shortly before stumps, leaving them a victory target of just 105, which was down to 86 by the close after the hosts reached 19/0 in the two overs they faced.

Heinrich Klaasen was the key contributor for the visitors with an unbeaten 97 (146 balls, 10 fours, 2 sixes) – the Titans wicketkeeper rescuing his team from complete annihilation after they slipped to 108/8 at one stage.

But he found a willing partner in Morne Morkel, with the Proteas’ fast bowler, in the team to get some much-needed game-time ahead of South Africa’s tour of Australia, contributing 36 in a 100-run ninth-wicket stand.

Harmer’s wickets came in the middle and lower order after the top-order was damaged by Basheer Walters (2/46) and Andrew Birch (2/56).

Earlier in the day, two Morkel wickets helped clean up the Warriors’ tail as he ended with 3/54.

The Eastern Cape franchise had started the day on 295/6, with the final four wickets adding 63.