Rudolph and Kuhn guide Titans to safety against Knights

2012-09-24 00:00

KIMBERLEY — Jacques Rudolph and Heino Kuhn defied the Chevrolet Knights and guided the Nashua Titans to safety as the Sunfoil Series match at the Oval in Kimberley ended in a stalemate yesterday with the visitors on 159 for four.

The Knights resumed on 133 for four yesterday and were dismissed for 246. That left the Titans a winning target of 402 in 70 overs.

Rudolph and Kuhn resumed on 119 for four after tea, with the near impossible task of scoring 283 runs in 40 overs to win it for the visitors.

They were only interested in survival against the spinners, Werner Coetsee and Dean Elgar.

The match was called off with the visitors on 159 for four after 46 overs. Rudolph was undefeated on 73.

The classy left-handed opener faced 140 balls and struck 12 sparkling fours. Kuhn scored 32, faced 77 balls, and hit five fours.

Ryan McLaren finished with 1-46 in nine overs, and Dillon du Preez collected 1-43 in 11 overs.

The Titans were only briefly interested in the run chase while Roelof van der Merwe and Rudolph added 79 runs in just less than 13 overs for the second wicket.

A series of soft dismissals, like the suicidal run by Pieter Malan that resulted in his run out for eight, unsettled the Titans. Henry Davids was also dismissed for one, caught in the gully off Du Preez.

Rudolph and Kuhn basically closed the shutters and employed defensive tactics after the tea break.

The Knights accumulated 9,68 bonus points, while the Titans collected seven points.

The match lost its intensity in the first part of the morning session when the Knights scored only 56 runs in 25 overs, and lost four key wickets.

Ethy Mbhalati, who finished with

5-50 in 20.5 overs, and spinner Paul Harris, who captured 4-89 in 32 overs, were the destroyers-in-chief.

The Titans employed a one-day field and made life difficult for the Knights, who lost lost Morné van Wyk for 11 early on. McLaren was caught at slip off Harris for one and Aubrey Swanepoel was caught behind for four off Mbhalati. David Wiese bowled Du Preez for nine.

The arrival of Quinton Friend sparked a batting revival as he hit 28 off 33 balls. He injected new life into the innings, and the final 9.5 overs of the innings yielded 57 runs.

Obus Pienaar, inspired by Friend’s cameo, delighted the few Knights fans with a late flurry, finishing on 80 from 114 balls with eight fours and a six.

Mbhalati’s match-figures of 11-148 was an undoubted match highlight, as was Ryan Bailey’s 220, his maiden double ton.

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