T20 Challenge

Titans knock Cobras out

2012-03-18 18:38
Heino Kuhn and Roelof van der Merwe (Gallo Images)

Centurion - The Titans retained third position in the T20 Challenge standings, guaranteeing them a berth in the one-off semi-final after beating the Cobras by six wickets in Centurion on Sunday.

Set a modest target of 157, the Titans went about their run chase with determination, winning the match with nine balls to spare.

Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn set the foundation, putting on 48 runs off 39 deliveries for the opening partnership.

Davids then decided to run down the track to leg-spinner Alistair Gray but, after a swing and a miss, he was bowled for 24.

Gray then changed roles as the catcher when Kuhn, who made 25, skied a delivery from Dane Piedt shortly afterwards.

The innings nearly went pear-shaped when Roelof van der Merwe (18) suffered the embarrassing fate of being caught off his visor, but Faf du Plessis and Martin van Jaarsveld repaired the damage.

They added 48 runs for the fourth wicket before Van Jaarsveld (24) was stumped by Dane Vilas.

Du Plessis was not out on 38 and Farhaan Behardien hit a massive six to finish off the match and remain unbeaten on 12.

Alistair Gray took 2/33 and Brad Hogg bowled a tidy four overs, conceding 16 runs.

Off-spinner Van der Merwe had caused a stutter in the Cobras’ innings, with two wickets from three deliveries in the 14th over.

The leading run-scorer in the competition, Stiaan Van Zyl, was his first victim, after the opening batsman bottom-edged onto his stumps for 33.

Two balls later, Justin Ontong was caught behind by Heino Kuhn and walked back to the changeroom without scoring.

Dane Vilas top-scored for the Cobras with his unbeaten 48 and Richard Levi, who opened with Van Zyl, hammered a quick 25 runs, off 13 balls.

Albie Morkel made the initial breakthrough when Levi struck the ball straight to Farhaan Behardien at cover.

Morkel also bagged the wicket of Owais Shah (12) and returned figures of 2/37.

Mohammed Vallie, who scored six runs, replaced Shah at the crease but chopped on to his stumps, giving Alfonso Thomas his first wicket.

Thomas also caught and bowled Cobras captain Justin Kemp just when the all-rounder was starting to look dangerous.

The Cobras finished on 156/6 and lost their chance to qualify for a semi-final berth.

The Titans need a bonus-point victory in their last fixture, against the Warriors on Wednesday, to ensure a home semi-final against the Knights next Sunday.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Multiply Titans v Warriors, Centurion 18:00
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Hollywoodbets Dolphins v WSB Cape Cobras, Durban 18:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
TBA v TBA, TBA 18:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Which franchise will be crowned 2017 T20 Challenge champions?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.