Morkel, Behardien secure win for Titans in nail-biter

2014-01-16 09:34

Warriors: 197/4 (Jonker 57*, Prince 46, Jacobs 31*, Davids 2/15, Van der Merwe 1/21, Wiese 1/22)

Titans: 198/4 (Behardien 72, Morkel 49, Davids 31, Harmer 2/47, Theron 1/34)

Titans won by six wickets.

Farhaan Behardien and Albie Morkel propelled the Titans to an excellent and nerve-wracking win in Benoni in game that went down to the last ball.

Had Wayne Parnell’s heel been one or two centimetres behind the popping crease, the Warriors would have won by one run as he had Mangaliso Mosehle caught off the final ball.

However, closer scrutiny by the third umpire revealed that the left arm seamer was over the line.

Mosehle and David Wiese had crossed, giving the Titans a win last night.

It was a victory that was built on an electrifying 105-run partnership between Behardien and Morkel, which dragged the Titans into contention after they slipped to 81/2.

An excellent platform was provided by Jacques Rudolph and Henry Davids by way of a 56-run opening partnership.

But the third-wicket partnership gave the innings steam as it came off only 9.2 overs.

In his 47-ball knock, Behardien lashed four fours and three sixes, and Morkel smoked six half-dozens in his 25-ball innings.

The latter made the most of two lives after being dropped by Ryan Bailey twice.

Christiaan Jonker made the most of the Warriors’ fast start, which saw Ashwell Prince take 19 runs off Morné Morkel’s opening over.

The home team, through captain Davids, were able to stem the rot from there on, with Davids accounting for Edward Moore, who – for the second game running – was behind the eight ball in terms of run scoring.

His wicket opened the way for a 50-run partnership between Prince and the burly JJ Smuts.

The Titans’ spinners were able to apply the brakes, but there was some loose bowling in between.

Smuts and Prince were classy enough to take toll of the filth that came their way.

Smuts was the second wicket to fall, trying to cut a Davids delivery that went with the arm.

It was an excellent take by Mosehle.

Prince also fell soon after that, caught by Behardien at deep square-leg off David Wiese, but that brought together Bailey and Jonker, which is when the fun and games began.

They added 56 in five frenetic overs before Bailey perished.

The Warriors batted deep and with Davy Jacobs coming in at six, 54 runs were pillaged in four overs.

However, they did not reckon on the Titans’ deep batting line-up and the atrocious fielding that would follow.

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