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2012-02-20 00:00

PRETORIA — A partnership of 97 runs between captain Morné van Wyk and Reeza Hendricks ensured the Knights got over the line in their T20 Challenge match against the Titans in Centurion yesterday.

Despite a 70 from Farhaan Behardien, which helped the Titans set a competitive total of 165/7 off their 20 overs, it was not enough to prevent his side losing by five wickets.

Van Wyk anchored the Knights’ innings with his 62 off 50 balls, while Hendricks reached his highest score in 20-over cricket, stroking 55 runs off 36 balls.

Thomas finished with 3-17, after bowling Rilee Rossouw for a duck with his first ball.

Werner Coetsee ended the match bludgeoning Rowan Richard for six, to take the Knights home with four balls to spare.

The Titans made a disastrous start when Henry Davids lofted the second ball of the match, from Johan van der Wath, high to mid-on where Obus Pienaar took an easy catch.

In the next over Roelof van der Merwe was caught behind by Van Wyk, off the bowling of Dillon du Preez, with both batsmen having failed to score.

At six for two, the hosts were in deep trouble, but Jacques Rudolph and Martin van Jaarsveld combined for a quick 53 runs off 33 balls before Van Jaarsveld (19) holed out to Romano Terblanche at mid-wicket.

Behardien was chiefly responsible for adding 61 runs to the total, but the respectable total proved to be about 15 runs short in the end. — Sapa.

SCOREBOARD

Titans innings

0

43

0

19

70

24

0

2

7

165

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-6, 3-59, 4-69, 5-117, 6-129, 7-165

Bowling: Van der Wath 3-0-22-1, Du Preez 4-0-45-2, Terblanche 2-0-26-0 (1w), McLaren 4-0-38-0 (3w), Siboto 3-0-15-1, Coetsee 4-0-16-1

Knights innings

2

62

17

4

55

9

8

13

170

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-29, 3-39, 4-136, 5-157

Bowling: Van der Merwe 3-0-24-0, Thomas 4-0-17-3, De Villiers 3-0-35-1, Richards 3.2-0-37-1 (2w), Harris 4-0-31-0 (2w), Davids 2-0-17-0

Result: Knights won by five wickets

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