Cape Town - An unbeaten
90 from new captain Theunis de Bruyn steadied the ship for the Knights and
then helped them secure an upset four-wicket win over defending champions Titans on day three of their Sunfoil Series opener at SuperSport Park
in Centurion on Friday.
right-hander led from the front for his side, negotiating a collapse at the
other end, before finally finding support from Shadley van Schalkwyk (34) to
get their side over the line.
who played for the Titans last season and is part of a new-look team at the
Central franchise, struck 15 fours and a six in his 99-ball innings as they
reached the 171-run victory target in 39.4 overs.
visitors had started out the day on 41/1 and in bullish mood after the stunning
exploits of another former Titan, Marchant de Lange, on day two. The Proteas
paceman took a career-best 7/23 to bowl the hosts out for 57 in only 14.2 overs - the second shortest first-class innings in South Africa.
chase looked to be going smoothly on 86/2, but they then lost four wickets for
25 runs to slip to 111/6.
Siboto, a player who went in the other direction during the off-season, was
responsible for the drama with his 3/37.
Bruyn and Van Schalkwyk shared an unbroken 61-run seventh wicket stand that
came from only 10 overs as they claimed a memorable win.
Bloemfontein-based side took 15.48 points from the win, with the Titans