The Titans completed their double this season with a Sunfoil Series four-day competition title, having previously won the RamSlam T20 Challenge. During a closely contested final round of fixtures over the weekend, they beat the Knights by four wickets in Centurion.
Chasing 110, the Titans were rocked by Marchant de Lange’s three-for Heino Kuhn‘s 43 and a 22-ball 29 from Farhaan Behardien steadied the innings. That they were 107 for 6 in 19.3 overs was abetted by Duanne Olivier’s two wickets. Chris Morris and Shaun von Berg subsequently warded off any further wobble and took the side home on the final day.
Morris was adjudged Player of the Match for his seven-wicket game haul, including figures of 6 for 55 in the second innings. He ran through the Knights line-up with intermittent strikes, spanning the fourth ball to the penultimate over of the innings.
Even though a 72-run fourth-wicket between David Miller and Rudi Second took Knights close to 90, the duo fell for 52 and 76 respectively, both off Morris. Second’s 136-ball innings, found support in Ryan McLaren’s 36 and Shadley van Shalwyk’s 29 could only take them to 209 in 62.4 overs.
That the first two innings were limited to 40 overs a side was down to the loss of the first two days to rain. Impeding the fluency of Knight’s innings, despite Luthando Mnyanda’s 53 that steered the Knights to 169 for 7, Alfred Mothoa and Malusi Siboto shared five wickets between them while Morris took the solitary wicket of Miller, who fell for a 54-ball 34.
In reply, Kuhn’s 86 and Klaasen’s unbeaten 84 handed Titans a 100-run lead, finishing on 269 for three wickets. Opening batsman Kuhn struck 13 fours and six during his 82-ball innings and was the third wicket to fall, having shepherded Knights close to the 200-run mark.
The 16 match points earned via the victory at SuperSport Park helped Titans pip Warriors to the title by 1.52 points.