Cape Town - A critical
final over with the bat and a composed display with the ball paved the way for
the Titans to be crowned T20 Challenge champions for a second
successive season after they ousted the Warriors by six runs in a tense final
in Centurion on Friday.
losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the host stuttered their way
through most of their innings until David Wiese did most of the work in a
19-run final over to help post 155/6.
to tilt the balance of the game at SuperSport Park and the visitors then lost
two defining early wickets and another two in the latter part of the innings as
they were restricted to 149/6.
was the pick of the bowlers with 2/27, while Tabraiz Shamsi bagged 2/36 as the
Titans recovered from losing captain Albie Morkel through injury to take the
had to graft hard for their success - particularly after a below-par
performance with the bat on what was a tricky wicket.
Markram top-scored with 33 and was amongst several players who got starts on a
picturesque evening in Pretoria. Morkel also hit 21, before Wiese exploded in
Sisanda Magala’s final over to end unbeaten on 24 off 15 balls.
Walters was the pick of the bowlers with 1/15, while Colin Ingram claimed 1/24.
Kyle Abbott managed 1/27.
knew that a special effort was needed in order for them to defend their crown
and they were outstanding in the field.
dismissed Clyde Fortuin (0) with the fifth ball of the innings, which proved to
be his last ball, before Wiese (1/31) claimed the big wicket of Jon-Jon Smuts,
both falling inside the first 14 deliveries.
another of the star men, was next to go for 12 as Ngidi left the Warriors on
43/3. Christiaan Jonker (33) put his side back on course for victory with a
48-run fourth wicket partnership with Colin Ackermann (34), before a rush of
blood saw him fall to Shamsi.
Adams, on loan from the Titans, then looked like he would win the game
alongside Ackermann during a 34-run stand for the fifth wicket.
men fell within the space of three balls as the Warriors’ chances disappeared.
Even though Magala and Lesiba Ngoepe brought the equation down to 12 off the
final over, their lack of hitting power handed the first title of the season to