Henry Davids has kept the Titans in the game against the Warriors in their Sunfoil Series encounter. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

BLOEMFONTEIN – An unbeaten 95 by Henry Davids ensured the Titans gave the Knights a minimal advantage on day three of their Sunfoil Series encounter at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander was left stranded five short of his ton after striking 12 fours and six in his 172-ball innings when the visitors were bowled out for 345 in response to the 363 of the hosts.

That gave them a lead of 18, which was stretched to 138 by the close when the defending champions ended the day on 120/2.

Theunis de Bruyn was not out on 57 (93 balls, 9 fours, 2 sixes) and Keegan Petersen (27) at the other end, leaving the home side with a slight advantage but only a day in the game to play.

The Titans had resumed overnight on 210/5 and needed Davids to control their lower order with his experience.

There was not much in terms of support – Shaun von Berg (16) and Eldred Hawken (12) – as Duanne Olivier ended with 4/78.

Spinner Von Berg then took two early wickets to leave the Knights on 37/2, before the unbroken De Bruyn-Petersen third-wicket stand of 83 led the recovery. 

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