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Cricket news - Titans hand Warriors their first defeat of the season

Titans went on to record yet another 300-plus score, courtesy a magnificent 234-run opening stand between Markram and Tony de Zorzi.

The exclusion from the ODI squad seemed to have spurred some fire in the belly of South Africa's Test opener Aiden Markram as he went onto record yet another scintillating century, his second in as many innings, to help his side - The Titans - register their third win of the season against table-toppers, Warriors, at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday (March 3).

Opting to bat, Titans went on to record yet another 300-plus score, courtesy a magnificent 234-run opening stand between Markram and Tony de Zorzi. The former continued from where he left off in the previous game (169) and engineered a well-composed century - his 7th in List A cricket - before unleashing his power game towards the end of his innings. De Zorzi, too, found a perfect ally in Markram as he came tantalisingly close (99) to claiming his second ton of the season. The duo batted for major part of Titans innings (36.4) and the batsmen that followed went all guns blazing from ball one to maximise the score in the slog overs.

Chasing 370, Warriors lost both their openers inside 11 overs and the onus fell on skipper Smuts to replicate the Markram special to give his side a fighting chance to seal the game. Smuts, got a bit of resistance from Lesiba Ngoepe and the pair seemed to be constructing a solid platform for the rest of the batters with a 78-run stand for the third wicket. An untimely dismissal of Ngope, however, dented the momentum the Warriors had as the required rate kept swelling with each passing over, only for Smuts to throw it away in the 34th over. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile struck a 62-ball 88 in the company of Marco Marais, but the insurmountable pressure of the required rate consumed the pair and therefore, the final hope for Warriors, crumbling to their first defeat of the season.

Brief scores: Titans 369 for 5 in 50 overs (Aiden Markram 139, Tony de Zorzi 99; Lutho Sipamla 3-40) beat Warriors 314 in 47.1 overs (Sinethemba Qeshile 88, JJ Smuts 77; Chris Morris 3-44) by 55 runs.

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