Rain delay sees Titans defeat Lions by 12 runs

2015-02-02 00:00

A FIFTH-WICKET partnership of 55 between Alviro Petersen and Thami Tsolekile was not enough to save the Highveld Lions from a 12-run (D/L method) defeat at the hands of the Titans in their Momentum One-day Cup match at Willowmoore Park, Benoni yesterday.

After a rain delay of more than two hours the Lions resumed the chase with Stephen Cook on eight and Rassie van der Dussen on one.

Prior to the heavens opening, the visitors needed 256 to win, but because of the interruption, the revised target was 149 off 20 overs.

But no sooner had the players taken their guard, the Johannesburg-based side found themselves four wickets down: Cook, Van der Dussen, Temba Bavuma and Neil McKenzie.

With the visitors reeling on 46 for four, Petersen and Tsolekile knuckled down to revitalise the innings, but their endeavours were in vain.

Petersen, who had struck 48 off 36 balls which included two fours and three maximums, went for one big hit too many and was caught on the long-on boundary by De Villiers off Graeme van Buuren.

Four runs later Tsolekile perished, caught in the covers by Jacques Rudolph.

Hardus Viljoen and Matt McGillivray tried to bring it on home with a 31-run partnership for the seventh wicket, but to no avail.

Earlier, a determined 77 from Jacques Rudolph enabled the Titans to end their innings on 255 for nine.

Henry Davids and Rudolph combined to get the Titans’ innings off to a steady but unspectacular start, putting on 52 runs for the opening stand.

Davids got himself into a muddle trying to play an orthodox sweep-shot, only to find the edge and the hands of Cook at square-leg.

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