Kimberley - Henry Davids and Roelof van der
Merwe were the stars as the Titans beat the Knights by five runs in a
pulsating One Day Cup match at the De Beers Diamond Oval on
It was Davids’s 166 off 139 balls, the highest innings by a
Titans batsman, and Van der Merwe’s outstanding 5/40 which paved the way
for the Titans’ victory.
The Knights put up a terrific fight,
but ultimately not having a batsman to build their innings around and
losing wickets at important times cost them the game.
Knights’ chase of 323 started robustly with Michael Erlank and Rudi
Second posting 66 at just more than a run a ball before Albie Morkel
dismissed Erlank for 33.
Second was next to go 30 runs later, skittled by Van der Merwe, for 36 while Rilee Rossouw attacked the Titans bowling.
Rossouw had 49 from 38 balls before his crucial wicket was claimed by left-armer Rowan Richards.
Obus Pienaar, playing second fiddle to Rossouw, was next out for 29 with the Knights on 158 in the 27th over.
Bailey and Werner Coetsee then formed a promising alliance of 95 runs at a
run a ball, to keep the game in the balance until the intervention once
more of Van der Merwe.
The slow left-armer first trapped Bailey in front for 43, then bowled veteran danger-man Nicky Boje next ball.
Coetsee kept the Knights interested with his attacking 69 before running himself out going for two.
kept falling and although Dillon du Preez got the Knights close in the
final over with two boundaries, Malusi Siboto’s run-out off a wide with
six needed off two balls, ensured the Titans just managed to hold on for
Earlier, the Titans won the toss and elected to bat.
Davids and Heino Kuhn put on 149 for the first wicket to lay the platform for the Titans’ total of 322/8.
led the way while Davids was slightly more circumspect as they went at
around a run a ball as they accumulated 149 between them.
Knights looked helpless with the ball until a mix-up between Davids and
Kuhn led to the Titans’ wicketkeeper’s dismissal for a well played 72.
Mosehle holed out for 2 at cow corner, before Titans captain Martin van
Jaarsveld provided solidity, while Davids upped his scoring rate.
partnership of 66 was broken in the 38th over with the score at 221,
though the scoring did not slow as Farhaan Behardien played a brisk
innings of 23 before being caught off Du Preez's bowling.
that point the Titans lost wickets at regular intervals, but with Davids
still at the crease the runs kept coming until he was finally dismissed
in the 47th over but by then the damage had been done.
Knights, Du Preez took 4/66, but skipper Johan van der Wath and Coetsee
were the best of the home side’s bowlers, going at less than six an
Titans 322-8 (50 overs) (H. Davids
166, H. Kuhn 72, D. Du Preez 4-66) v Knights 317 (49.4) (W. Coetsee 67,
R. Van der Merwe 5-40)