Willowmoore Park - The Highveld Lions became the latest side to fall victim to the alliance between
Quinton de Kock and Henry Davids as the Titans humiliated their derby
rivals in a rain-shortened affair at Willowmoore Park.
De Kock and
Davids brushed off the distraction of a lengthy rain delay to put on 118 for
the first wicket in 11 overs, which set the Titans up for a total of 158 for
two in 15 overs.
target adjusted upwards to 162 from 15 overs by the Duckworth-Lewis method, the
Lions threw everything they had at the Titans bowling but lost early wickets as
a result, before eventually finishing on 93 for eight.
the Titans victory by 68 runs, and a bonus point that was superfluous in terms
of the standings but which sent another message to the rest of the competition.
side had already qualified for a home final before the game, but reminded their
challengers that it will take some performance to deny them the trophy.
first-wicket partnership has now notched up 317 runs in their last three games,
with De Kock overcoming a slow start to the competition to become the leading
88 from just 43 balls in this game included no fewer than seven sixes, and took
his aggregate in the tournament to 397 runs from nine innings.
once again content to play a supporting role, but in such a prolific
partnership that still amounted to 47 from 31 balls.
The pair had
been disrupted by lightning and then rain after five overs, when they had
already put 55 on the board, but got swiftly back to business once play
night got even better when he claimed three catches behind the wicket as the
Lions sunk to 29 for five inside six overs, with Albie Morkel the chief
destroyer as he took 3 for 13 in three overs.
had needed to win the game to keep their slim chance of reaching the play-off
alive, but from that point all hope was lost.
Hendricks made something out of his call-up to the side by scoring an unbeaten
43, but Thami Tsolekile was the only other batsman to reach double figures on
an evening that the Lions would prefer to forget.