The Multiply Titans bowlers blew through the rest of the WSB Cape Cobras line-up like the hot wind that blows in Paarl, but unfortunately their penultimate Sunfoil Series match still ended in a stalemate on Sunday.
The Cobras had begun the final day on 393 for three, but they lost their last seven wickets for just 61 runs as they were bowled out for 460.
The Titans, therefore trailing by 25 runs on first innings, made 133 for three in their second innings to secure the draw.
Eldred Hawken, the swing bowler from the farms of Tzaneen, was the wrecker-in-chief for the Titans on Sunday morning, claiming three quick wickets to finish with fine figures of four for 82 in 38 overs, excellent toil by the 29-year-old.
Kyle Verreynne, looking to harvest quick runs, was caught on the fine leg boundary for 75, Aviwe Mgijima drove his second ball to cover and Hawken then bowled Junaid Dawood for 10.
It was Malusi Siboto who eventually ended opener Pieter Malan’s epic 685-minute knock of 180, having him caught behind.
Dane Paterson belted a quickfire 31 but wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi claimed the last two wickets to finish with three for 65 in 26.3 overs and ensure the Cobras’ innings was all over on 460, with just a marginal first-innings lead.
The Titans batted for 31 overs before the game was called off, with their second innings boasting a solid start as Andrea Agathagelou and Tony de Zorzi added 81 for the first wicket.
De Zorzi scored a composed 29 before being bowled by a Dawood googly, and then it was over to Agathagelou to bat through to the close, adding a dashing 77 not out to his first-innings century.