Potchefstroom - A clinical bowling performance from the Titans set up a four-wicket
victory over the Highveld Lions at Senwes Park and gave them their first
points of the RAM SLAM T20 season.
winning the toss and opting to bowl on a pitch with a hint of inconsistent
bounce, the Titans bowled the Lions out for just 115 with Tabraiz Shamsi
leading the way with figures of 3-20.
they had a few stutters along the way, the visitors then knocked off the runs
with 13 balls to spare, with Quinton de Kock (36) top-scoring in his first game
against his old franchise.
the pitch may not have been a batsman’s paradise, it wasn’t nearly as bad as
the Lions score suggested and the Titans deserved credit for executing their
Lions innings was something of a procession - particularly after Rassie van der
Dussen (27) had fallen to leave Thami Tsolekile (58) to fight a lone battle -
with no partnerships to speak of and no other batsmen reaching double figures.
he was the only bowler to go for more than seven runs per over, Lungi Ngidi (2-30) was one of the standout bowlers for the Titans as he picked up the big
wickets of Alviro Petersen and Tsolekile.
Lions had not needed their middle and lower orders in their opening two games,
but found them exposed here as the Titans ran riot.
Morkel’s side were held up in their chase by some wily bowling from Aaron
Phangiso, who picked up the wickets of De Kock, Mangaliso Mosehle and Heino
Kuhn to record figures of 3-19 in four overs, but always had enough batting
reserves to get them over the line.
Kuhn’s dismissal left them 84/6, there was no real scoreboard pressure
and so Graeme van Buuren and Chris Morris calmly knocked off the remaining runs