Cape Town - Rowan Ricards returned career-best figures as the Titans produced a superb
comeback on day three to claim victory over the Cape Cobras and with it the
Sunfoil Series title thanks to a 10-run win in Paarl on Saturday.
left-arm seamer claimed 7/40 in an excellent 16 overs to help the visitors
defend a mere 136 at Boland Park.
whose previous best first-class haul was 5/26 in three-day cricket, was in
inspired form as the match looked dead and buried for the title-chasing Titans
following a first-innings score of 164 that left the in trouble from the
bowled the Cobras out for 285 and then themselves restricted to 256 second time
around, the Titans’ championship hopes looked set to rest on other results.
little to chance, though, and despite a 24-run opening stand, roared back
through Richards to bowl the home side out in 37.4 overs shortly after lunch on
the third afternoon.
wickets were top-scorer Dane Vilas (25), Cobras captain Omphile Ramela (6),
Proteas batsman Stiaan van Zyl (0) and the in-form Wayne Parnell (0).
The win did
not go without some late nerves either as Dane Piedt (15) and Dane Paterson (17
not out) shared a 32-run partnership for the final wicket that had threatened
to take the hosts over the line.
Tabraiz Shamsi (2/27) broke the stand to ensure the Pretoria-side claimed the
win they needed to secure a title they last won back in 2011/12.
points total was 133.20 after taking 15.28 points from the match, while the
Cobras ended with 92.84 overall and could be caught in fourth by the Dolphins depending on the outcome of their encounter with the Knights.