Hendricks leads the way as Knights outplay Titans

2014-11-15 00:00

REEZA Hendricks, fresh from his T20 sojourn with the Proteas in Australia, showed his class with a brilliant unbeaten 76 as the Knights cruised to an eight-wicket win over the hapless the Titans in Bloemfontein last night.

He shared an opening stand of 32 with Gerhardt Abrahams (12) and then, in effect, saw out the match with Rudi Second, who was bowled by Ethy Mbhalati for 38 in the 16th over, when just 11 runs were required for victory.

Hendricks showed no mercy and great composure in hammering eight fours and a six off 48 balls.

Chasing a target of just 136, it was all over, bar the shouting, when the hundred came up in the 13th over and the run-rate was down to four an over. The Titans needed a massive breakthrough, but they just did not have the firepower.

It was a hugely damaging fourth defeat on the beleaguered Pretoria franchise’s coach, Rob Walter, who admitted before the match that they had to win every match if they were to stand any chance in the competition.

The Knights’ victory was set up by the bowlers, who put on an impressive display of tight bowling in the later stages of the innings, so much so that they restricted the visitors to just 65 runs in their last 10 overs, during which six wickets fell. Three of those were run-outs.

The Titans were determined to make a good impression from the start.

Theunis de Bruyn, the Tuks student who has made such a huge impact in the one-day series, was promoted to open, and he and Henry Davids, relieved of captaincy duties so that he could concentrate on his batting, did just that.

They negotiated the powerplay at a canter and then opened up to put on 70 runs by the halfway stage. It was too good to last, with De Bruyn being bowled by Quinton Friend for 38 off 30 balls (6x4).

Davids had a point to prove, whacking two sixes off Malusi Siboto’s medium pace, until he was run out for 45, going for a second run, in the 14th over.

But still, the beleaguered Titans, looking for their first win, were in a healthy enough position at 94 for two. However, their eagerness to score led to their downfall.

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