One Day Cup

Titans floor Cobras

2014-10-24 22:06
Henry Davids (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - The Titans romped to a six wicket win over the Cobras in their domestic One-Day Cup match in Centurion on Friday.

Chasing 209 for victory, the home side reached their target with 11.3 overs to spare as the Titans picked up their first points of the competition against the table-topping Cobras.

Theunis de Bruyn was top-scorer for the Titans with a knock of 60 off just 68 balls, and together with captain Henry Davids (33) the pair laid the platform with a 61 run second wicket partnership.

Davids fell in the 21st over, bowled Rory Kleinveldt, caught SA Engelbrecht as the Titans were reduced to 97 for two.

De Bruyn was eventually out in the 29th over, as he was done in the bounce by Cobras spinner Robin Peterson and Richard Levi took a straightforward catch at short-cover with the Titans falling to 140 for four.

The strike brought together Farhaan Behardien (41) and Mangaliso Mosehle (31), and the pair were untroubled in putting together an unbeaten 69 run fifth wicket partnership to help the Titans to a comfortable win.

Earlier, despite a good start to their innings reaching 129 for two, the Cobras could only muster 208 all out in their stay at the wicket.

Marchant de Lange menaced with exceptional pace and bounce to return figures of 2/34, while fellow paceman Ethy Mbhalati picked up 3/58 as the Cobras lost their last eight wickets for 79 runs.

The Cobras began their innings in free-scoring fashion, with openers Levi (33) and Andrew Puttick (55) bringing up their 50 partnership off 58 balls.

The pair reached 71 before the left-arm quick for the Titans, Rowan Richards, made the breakthrough. Levi had raced to 33 off 39 balls, but was out slashing at wide delivery from Richards as he got an inside edge onto his stumps.

Stiaan van Zyl (one) came to the wicket for the Cobras, but lasted just six balls before he was out caught Behardien off the bowling of David Wiese.

Puttick and Omphile Ramela (19) put on 55 off 68 balls for the fourth wicket to keep the runs flowing, before Roelof van Merwe struck for the Titans.

Van der Merwe found the outside edge of Ramela and keeper Mosehle took the catch as the Cobras fell to 129 for three in the 25th over.

Next to depart was Puttick, as De Lange did the Cobras opener with a rising deliver which was fended away to Davids who took an easy catch at gully.

Cobras captain Justin Ontong (3) did not last long as he attempted a run through mid-wicket, but Heino Kuhn made a quick gather and release as Mosehle whipped off the bails, as the Cobras were left 135 for five.

Dane Vilas chipped in with 30 from 31 balls as wickets tumbled at the other end, but when he was out to De Lange, the visitors were nearing the end of their innings at 200 for nine.

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