Ashwell Prince and David White shared in a 134-run partnership to help the Chevrolet Warriors to 228-5 at stumps in their first innings on the second day of their Sunfoil Series match against the Chevrolet Knights at Buffalo Park in East London on Friday.
Prince eventually scored 72 off 150 balls with 13 fours while opening batsman White weighed in with 73 off 187 deliveries with eight fours and a six as the Warriors ended the day trailing the Knights by 96 runs on the first innings after the visitors had been bowled out for 324 before lunch.
The Warriors made a steady start to their innings thanks to a 31-run stand for the first wicket between Michael Price (21) and White before Price was caught behind by keeper Lefa Mosena off the bowling of offspinner Werner Coetsee.
The 36-year-old Prince, a veteran of 66 tests for South Africa, recorded his 80th first-class fifty off 83 balls while the 22-year-old White, playing in just his 23rd first-class match, brought up his fourth fifty off 118 deliveries.
Prince was eventually dismissed by seamer Johan van der Wath while White’s innings was ended by paceman Dillon du Preez.
White’s departure left the Warriors on 181-3 before Ryan Bailey (13) became Coetsee’s second victim.
Coetsee struck again shortly before the close when he accounted for Davy Jacobs (19), before Colin Ingram (20 not out) and Simon Harmer (2 not out) took their team to the close of play.
The Warriors had bowled the Knights out for 324 earlier in the day and had to bat out 18 overs before reaching lunch.
The Knights began the day on 307-8 and they added just 11 runs before Quinton Friend (12) was caught and bowled by seamer Andrew Birch.
Mosena took his overnight score from 67 to 73 off 152 balls with eight fours before he was trapped leg-before by paceman Basheer Walters with Malusi Siboto unbeaten on one.
The wholehearted Birch ended with figures of 3-67 off 20 overs while seamer Rusty Theron claimed 2-63 and offspinner Harmer picked up 2-84.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Michael Price, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Ryan Bailey, Davy Jacobs (capt, wk), David White, Simon Harmer, Ayabulela Gqamane, Andrew Birch, Rusty Theron, Basheer Walters.
CHEVROLET KNIGHTS: Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Rudi Second, Diego Rosier, Johan van der Wath (capt), Werner Coetsee, Lefa Mosena (wk), Quinton Friend, Dillon du Preez, Malusi Siboto.