Despite a massive effort by Chris Morris, the Multiply Titans suffered a 77-run defeat at the hands of the Warriors in East London on Sunday, leading to a huge shuffling of the Sunfoil Series log.
Trailing by 69 runs on first innings, the Titans were set a target of 326 in 90 overs, providing both teams with a big chance of victory.
Unfortunately, the Titans soon found themselves in huge trouble on 110 for seven, and although Morris stroked a tremendous century, they were still bowled out for 248 in a thrilling finish to the game.
Morris’s epic effort saw him score 113 and, having put on 79 in 19 overs with Malusi Siboto (43), he and Junior Dala (5* off 57 balls) had defied the Warriors bowlers for another 24 overs and added 59 more runs, taking the Titans to the penultimate over and within sight of a phenomenal draw.
Unfortunately, left-arm spinner Jon-Jon Smuts bowled Morris with the fifth ball of the second-last over and then slid an arm-ball into the pads of Tabraiz Shamsi with his next delivery to give the Warriors the win.
The nailbiting victory elevated the Warriors to first on the Sunfoil Series log, with a 5.66-point advantage over the Titans, who have dropped to fourth and have been overtaken by the Cape Cobras and Knights as well.
The classy batting of Colin Ackermann, who stroked 125 not out off just 157 balls, with the stout support of opener Ed Moore (76), allowed the Warriors to declare on 256 for five.
Despite the efforts of their opening batsman Andrea Agathagelou in scoring 52, the Titans soon found themselves in trouble against the pace of Tladi Bokako, who removed the first four batsmen of the visiting team.
With the off-spin of Simon Harmer again causing problems, the Titans were obviously in need of a miracle when they slumped to 110 for seven midway through their innings.
The tremendous efforts of Morris, Siboto and Dala put them within touching distance of safety, but unfortunately they fell just short and the last two rounds of the Sunfoil Series will obviously be extremely tense now for last year’s runners-up.