Titans spinner Tabraiz Shamsi shred the Warriors middle-order by taking 3/11 at Buffalo Park in East London. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Chris Morris and Tabraiz Shamsi shared six wickets as the Titans recovered from a dreadful start to demolish the Warriors by 121 runs in their Momentum One-Day Cup clash in East London on Sunday.

Captain Albie Morkel also played a key hand with an unbeaten 80 (63 balls, 6x4, 4x6) as the defending champions recovered from 18/3 at the start of the game to post 250/9.

Fast bowler Morris ripped through the top order with 3/24, with spinner Shamsi shredding the middle-order with his 3/11 as the hosts were emphatically dismissed for 129 in 34.2 overs handing the visitors victory with a bonus point at Buffalo Park.

The Titans had earlier won the toss and opted to bat first, but Sisanda Magala (4/46) and Anrich Nortje (2/43) left them in tatters after only 3.1 overs.

However, Heinrich Klaasen (66 off 94 balls, 8x4, 1x6) and Farhaan Behardien (52 off 76 balls, 4x4) put on 109 for the fourth wicket to help rebuild.

Both fell soon after as the Titans slumped to 156/6, before Morkel’s heroics lifted them to a 251-run target.

The Warriors never really threatened after they too ran into early trouble at 16/2. 

Yaseen Vallie top-scored with 40, but there was little else in terms of support, with the home side folding horribly in the face of Morris, Shamsi and also Shaun von Berg (2/32).

African News Agency (ANA)