Warriors opener Eddie Moore scored his seventh first-class ton on Thursday. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Colin Ackermann and Eddie Moore both hit final-day tons as the Warriors earned a battling Sunfoil Series draw against the Cape Cobras at Newlands on Thursday.

The pair shared in a key 214-run second-wicket partnership – a fixture record – that helped erase a 171-run deficit at the start of the day and turn it into a 46-run lead by the time the two captains shook hands at tea.

It was an excellent show by the visitors, who started day four on 12/1, facing an uphill battle. 

Early wickets were key for the Cobras, but they did not come as Ackermann went on to make 105 (190 balls, 16x4), which was his 12th career ton. 

Moore, meanwhile, batted for 186 balls to make an unbeaten 101 (16x4, 1x6). It was the opener’s seventh first-class ton.

The only bowler to pick up a wicket on the day was Mthiwekhaya Nabe, with 1/35.

* Luthando Mnyanda and Keegan Petersen both hit half-centuries to help the Knights secure a draw on the final day of their clash against the Highveld Lions at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Day four had started with the hosts needing nine wickets and the visitors 367 for victory.

But neither happened as the defending champions progressed from their overnight 35/1 to 238/3 when the match was declared a draw.

Mnyanda and Petersen were largely responsible after paving a solid platform early on through their 133-run second-wicket stand.

Mnyanda went on to score 69 (174 balls, 9x4), while Petersen posted 71 (165 balls, 12x4).

After they fell in relatively quick succession to Wiaan Lubbe (1/55) and Bjorn Fortuin (1/46) to give the hosts some hope, captain Theunis de Bruyn (44) and Rudi Second (30) blunted the bowlers through their unbroken 52-run stand that took the game to a draw.

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