Cape Town - Nandre Burger ended with a career-best five-for as the Highveld Lions wasted little time in polishing off defending champions
the Titans to win their 4-Day Domestic Series derby in record fashion
at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Thursday.
The seam bowler claimed five for 36 in 14.4 overs to
complete an emphatic innings and 239 run victory that was not only a record,
but also saw the gap at the competition summit reduced to a just over
This after the leading Cape Cobras were
stunned by the Warriors in Cape Town to leave the competition wide open with
two rounds remaining.
The Lions too played a role with a hugely impressive showing
in the East Rand, built around a double century by Man-of-the-Match Nicky van
den Bergh (217*) and 197 by Dominic Hendricks.
Most of their work had already been done on the first three
days, with just five wickets required to complete the job on day four.
The hosts had resumed on 95 for five, but the tail offered
Debutant Wandile Makwetu was dismissed for a duck without
the overnight score moving - the former South Africa Under-19 wicketkeeper
cleaned up by Burger.
Henry Davids (24) was next to fall at the hands of the same
bowler on 110, before Corbin Bosch (7) was trapped leg before wicket by Malusi
And when Tshepo Moreki (1) became Burger's fifth victim the
game was over.
Chris Morris did not bat as he was absent due to injury, the
Titans being dismissed in 51.4 overs.
The result was the biggest ever one for the Lions in their
history and third biggest since the inception of franchise cricket in 2004/05.