An unbroken 56-run partnership between Grant Thomson and Farhaan Behardien put an end to any nerves and helped the Momentum Multiply Titans secure a draw on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series clash against the Warriors in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Set a sporting 282 in 59 overs by the hosts, the log leaders slipped to 45 for three early on, before the key fourth-wicket stand ensured there was no drama at St George's Park, where the home coach Rivash Gobind was witnessing his team in action for the final time.
Although there was no fairy tale ending for the new Afghanistan assistant coach, there was once again plenty of fight and endeavour from the Eastern Cape franchise, who will have former Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Robin Peterson at the helm from next week.
In what was an encouraging final day by both teams, the hosts set out batting on 139 for one and added 121 for the loss of their remining nine wickets.
Matthew Breetzke, unbeaten on 68 at the start, took his score to an innings high of 80 (171 balls, 10 fours, 1 six), with the next highest scores being 45 from captain Jon-Jon Smuts and Rudi Second’s 30. The latter pair were both dismissed by Tabraiz Shamsi, the Proteas spinner finishing with the impressive return of five for 66.