Titans sneak home in nailbiter
The Nashua Titans survived a late Craig Thyssen onslaught to claim a five-run victory over the Chevrolet Warriors in their Momentum One Day Cup match at Axxess St George's in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Full Scorecard – Warriors v Titans
The Titans posted a sizeable total of 273 for eight in their 50 overs on the back of a superb 99 off 97 balls from Farhaan Behardien and a belligerent 66 off 69 balls from Albie Morkel in a match-winning partnership of 129 runs off 20.3 overs,
In reply, the Warriors slumped to 90 for four in the 20th over before a gutsy fifth-wicket partnership of 98 off 18 overs between the in-form Wayne Parnell and skipper Davy Jacobs opened the door for the home side.
However when both players were dismissed in consecutive overs, Parnell caught by Behardien off Rowan Richards for 48 off 61 balls and Jacobs trapped LBW by CJ de Villiers for 63 off 59, the writing appeared to be on the wall. A double blow was to follow when Steven Harmer was run out for one and Andrew Birch was trapped LBW by Paul Harris in the 42nd over.
Craig Thyssen strode to the wicket with his side in trouble at 206 for eight and launched a brilliant last-minute assault on the the Titans’ bowling, falling just short of snatching a miraculous win for the Warriors.
Together with Basheer Walters, Thyssen crafted a breathtaking ninth-wicket partnership of 62 off eight overs to put the Warriors in with a shout with six balls left in the innings. It was not to be however as Rowan Richards picked up his third wicket when Thyssen holed out to Henry Davids at long on for a well-played 46 from 35 balls (4x4 1x6).
After winning the toss and batting first, the Titans got off to a bad start, with the Warriors’ opening bowler Andrew Birch trapping both Henry Davids and Mangaliso Mosehle LBW without scoring in consecutive overs to put the visitors under immediate pressure at nine for two in the third over.
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Martin van Jaarsveld and Heino Kuhn rebuilt the innings with a 64-run partnership off 14.2 overs before Van Jaarsveld (25 from 46, 3x4) edged a Basheer Walters delivery to Warriors captain Davy Jacobs behind the stumps in the 17th over.
Behardien joined Kuhn at the crease after drinks as the Titans keeper continued to find the middle of the bat, going to his 50 off 54 balls in the 21st over. The 100 came up in the 26th over, with Behardien taking two boundaries off Wayne Parnell’s sixth over.
Kuhn’s innings was brought to an end in the next over when he gloved a Simon Harmer delivery to the keeper -- his 59 coming off 71 balls with seven boundaries and pull-shot for six off Makhaya Ntini’s seventh over.
Behardien and Albie Morkel then proceeded to skillfully work the gaps for singles in the early stages of the partnership, and accelerated the scoring with some powerfully struck boundaries in the latter stages, to boost the run rate to more than six to the over in a partnership of 129 runs off 20.3 overs.
Behardien’s 50 came up in the 42nd over off 74 balls, before the pair unleashed a battery of power-hits, with Morkel being particularly severe on Ntini, who finished with figures of 9-2-60-0.
Morkel carved his way to 66 off 69 balls, with five boundaries and three sixes, before being bowled by the dogged Birch in the 48th over.
Behardien fell agonisingly short of a well-deserved hundred when Birch trapped him LBW for 99 off 97 balls with 11 fours and two sixes in the last over, the opening bowler finishing with figures of four for 63 off his ten overs.
CHEVROLET WARRIORS: Andrew Birch, Simon Harmer, Colin Ingram, Davy Jacobs (c, w/k), Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Michael Price, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Craig Thyssen, Basheer Walters
NASHUA TITANS – Henry Davids, Heino Kuhn, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Martin van Jaarsveld (capt), Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Albie Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, CJ de Villiers, Paul Harris, Ethy Mbhalati