Cape Town - An
excellent all-round performance by Heinrich Klaasen helped the Titans begin their One-Day Cup campaign with a commanding
win over the Knights in their tournament opener at SuperSport Park
in Centurion on Friday.
home wicketkeeper first took two for 38, his first-ever wickets in 'List
A' cricket, in a polished display with the ball by his side, before a
91 (59 balls, 11 fours, 5 sixes) with the bat to lead the reigning
champions past their 213-victory target with 21 overs to spare.
was one of four bowlers to pick up two wickets apiece, with Tabraiz
Shamsi the pick of them after he snared two for 28 in a brilliant spell
Mothoa (2/22) and Junior Dala (2/49) were also successful after the
Titans had won the toss and elected to bowl first in what was the final
match of the year
for both sides.
Proteas star David Miller impressed after he struck an unbeaten 62 (70 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes).
his arrival, Rudi Second had given the away side a solid enough start
with a breezy 52 (46 balls, 8 fours, 1 six), but there was little else
in terms of support
as the Knights were shot out for 212 in 42.4 overs.
Kuhn handed the hosts a flying start with his 68 (59 balls, 9 fours, 1
six), and even though Mbulelo Budaza (2/34) struck two early blows,
Klaasen walked in
and hardly gave them a sniff.
lanky batsman led an emphatic response with authority to seal another
fine win for the Titans, which came six days after they stormed to the
RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
title in similar fashion against the Dolphins.