Champions League Twenty20, Group A: Titans v Perth Scorchers at Centurion, Oct 13, 2012
Titans won by 39 runs
13 October 2012 (20-over match)

1.20pm Titans have a player named Eden Links in their line-up, surely among the more novel names in the game. Sure it's lacks the flamboyance of Flavian Aponso, but still.

Here's Titans coach Matthew Maynard making a curious endorsement for T20s: "Players can work that way: from T20 to first-class. It's more difficult to make a solid Test opening batsman into a smack-it-out-of-the-park T20 specialist." The general theory seemed to be that a good Test player could adapt to the shorter formats, but Maynard clearly doesn't agree.

"Wheres Coulter-Nile? Easily scorchers best quick bowler, and a handy 7th batter." On the bench presumably, Dozza, along with Collingwood.

Michael Beers starts, has a slip in place, there's a delay as the batsman isn't happy with the sightscreen position.

1.05pm Don't know much about either of these teams? Fear not, our team previews will get you up to speed. Here's Firdose (again) with the Titans preview and here's Brydon Coverdale's Scorchers preview.

SharathD: "I am not sure how important is this series to anyone in the league but is very important to me. This would be the first series I am starting my cricket analysis career with and this my first match. I wish this goes long way!" All the best, Sharath.

PDTM writes in from the cricketing superpower of Netherlands: "Even though he might not be suited to the pitches, I think Brad Hogg might bounce back for a great tournament here; these blokes will be that little bit worse at picking that wrong 'un. Best of luck to the Postman."

T20 a young man's game? Certainly not in today's first game. Both sides have plenty of 30-somethings in their line-up. See Sidharth Monga's match preview for more on that.

Titans will be wearing black arm bands today since its their first televised match since the CEO, Elise Lombard, died on Woman's Day. She had a heart attack and she was the only female chief executive in SA teams.

1.00pm Toss: North calls 'heads', it is heads. Perth will bowl.

North: "This is a hard ground to defend, hopefully we can restrict them. It's nice having guys who have played a lot of cricket, especially in South Africa, guys like Gibbs. We have gone with the extra bowler, which means Paul Colling wood has missed out."

Jaarsveld seems quite relaxed despite losing the toss: "We generally like to chase as well," he says.

12.50pm Hello all, we're set for game one of the main phase of Champions League T20. It's Titans v Perth Scorchers. The rain has stayed away so far, there's plenty of green on the pitch, though it is harder than it was during the qualifying matches. Consensus seems to be that the team winning the toss should chase.

Our South Africa correspondent Firdose Moonda has written up an astonishing number of pieces during the lead-up to the tournament. Here's her tournament preview, the first line of which is: "On face value, it is very difficult to take the Champions League T20 seriously."

The people in Centurion seem to be taking it seriously, though. Firdose pings to say that today is a sell-out.

The opening ceremony was much fun, it seems, despite the intriguingly named DJ Earworm featuring. Plenty of rain meant it was a bit of a washout. Firdose's verdict on the music: "Earworm dj isn't bad I admit some of the mixes were quite fun. he basically takes popular music and mixed it all together. so he had a mix of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run with some poppy song. It was cool. And the local act Mi Casa were superb."


Beer to Rudolph, no run, length ball is blocked back towards the bowler


Beer to Rudolph, no run, tossed up, on a length just outside off, inside-edged onto the pads


Beer to Rudolph, no run, massive lbw appeal, Rudolph wanted to sweep that but missed, that looked very close indeed, struck in front of middle, height wasn't an issue either, Beer is on his knee pleading for the decision, not out says the ump


Beer to Rudolph, SIX, the first six of the day, as early as the first over of the day, Rudolph whacks that over midwicket for six


Beer to Rudolph, FOUR, another boundary, this time it is full and wide, driven past point by Rudolph, a much more orthodox stroke from him to get four


Beer to Rudolph, 1 run, strays in line, on the pads, nudged towards square leg for a single

End of over 1 (11 runs) Titans 11/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • JA Rudolph 11 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 0 (0b)
    • MA Beer 1-0-11-0

Rimmington to Rudolph, no run, back of a length ball outside off, fends at it and is beaten


Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 run, off the back foot and guided behind point for a single


Rimmington to Davids, no run, short of a length ball just outside off, defended back towards the bowler


Rimmington to Davids, 2 runs, short of length again, just outside off, a gentle pull sends the ball towards deep square leg


Rimmington to Davids, no run, down towards the keeper, to the left of Ronchi


Rimmington to Davids, no run, pitched up and that is pushed towards the off side

End of over 2 (3 runs) Titans 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • H Davids 2 (4b)
    • JA Rudolph 12 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • NJ Rimmington 1-0-3-0
    • MA Beer 1-0-11-0

Mennie to Rudolph, no run, Mennie takes over from Beer, back of a length ball angling away, past the outside edge


Mennie to Rudolph, 2 runs, pitched up and outside off, a wristy stroke sends the ball towards deep midwicket

Coulter-Nile is out due to groin soreness, and is expected to be rested for the first week of the CLT20.


Mennie to Rudolph, no run, back of a length ball outside off, batsman pulls off poking at the ball at the last moment


Mennie to Rudolph, 1 run, full and on the pads, dug out towards mid-on for a single


Mennie to Davids, 1 run, length ball outside off, punched crisply towards mid-off, where Beer fields


Mennie to Rudolph, no run, a touch shorter, on middle and off, defended to the off side, only four runs from the over

Cricketsimpleton doesn't think the CLT20 is a bit of a joke: "Who says champions league cant be taken seriously.. i have severe cold and fever but still i had my alarm set up early and got up to watch the game. its very serious tournament but you have to make up your mind which players you want to support rather than which side ;)"

End of over 3 (4 runs) Titans 18/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • JA Rudolph 15 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 3 (5b)
    • JM Mennie 1-0-4-0
    • NJ Rimmington 1-0-3-0

Rimmington to Davids, FOUR, nice T20 shot there, Davids skips down the track and a controlled drive sends the ball speeding to the point boundary, nicely done there


Rimmington to Davids, 1 run, less control, more power this time, looking to muscle the ball towards midwicket, just a single


Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 wide, way outside off stump

Eliya Abbas: "Still can't believe Beer has won a baggy green!!"


Rimmington to Rudolph, no run, gets the outside edge with the slower offcutter, but the lack of pace means the ball doesn't travel through to Rochi. bounces just in front of the keeper


Rimmington to Rudolph, FOUR, looks to thump that towards long-on, but nicks it wide of the keeper for four, Ramiz Raja describes that as a "good, strong" edge


Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 run, a mistimed off drive sends the ball uppishly towards mid-off


Rimmington to Davids, 1 run, uses his wrist to manipulate the ball towards midwicket for a single

End of over 4 (12 runs) Titans 30/0 (RR: 7.50)

    • H Davids 9 (8b 1x4)
    • JA Rudolph 20 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • NJ Rimmington 2-0-15-0
    • JM Mennie 1-0-4-0

Mennie to Davids, SIX, Davids seems love this shimmy down the wicket shot, smack that length ball over cover for six, gets plenty of height on that as well, he got a boundary towards point a couple of overs earlier


Mennie to Davids, no run, defends this one


Mennie to Davids, no run, angling in towards the pads, a length ball, defended towards midwicket


Mennie to Davids, 1 run, full and heading for the pads, tucked towards midwicket for a single


Mennie to Rudolph, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep square leg for a couple


Mennie to Rudolph, no run, gets the ball to dart away outside off, past the outside edge and through to the keeper

Ridaa: "Its a chance for domestic cricketers and up-and-coming youngsters to experience tough international competition for the 1st and sometimes only time. Its definitely not a joke for those involved as they might never get an opportunity like this again." Of course, the players take it seriously. There's are millions on offer for the winners, possibly the biggest purse in the game. The question was whether the fans care. Judging by the amount of feedback for this game so far, clearly they don't.

End of over 5 (9 runs) Titans 39/0 (RR: 7.80)

    • JA Rudolph 22 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 16 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • JM Mennie 2-0-13-0
    • NJ Rimmington 2-0-15-0

MR Marsh to Davids, SIX, clean hitting there, a short of length ball is dispatched over long-on for six, that was hit on the up but gets plenty of distance on it


MR Marsh to Davids, FOUR, terrific stroke there from Davids, a half-volley is eased through covers for a single


MR Marsh to Davids, 1 run, taps a length ball towards extra cover for a single to bring up the 50


MR Marsh to Rudolph, no run, short of a length and heading for off stump, punched towards mid-on


MR Marsh to Rudolph, no run, pitched up, pushed towards mid-off for a second dot ball

Yaseer Rizwan: "@Eliya - Steve Smith played in Ashes. Now you can start believing."


MR Marsh to Rudolph, no run, back of a length outside off, Rudolph pokes at it and that is past the outside edge

Major Hammad: "Where are Champions in Champions League? I think so that 4 Champions, 4 Runnerup, 1 No.3 and 1 No.4 team of country in CLT20 and Just 5 countries representing out of 10 Full Members. Just 40% Champions, even with this percentage you can't clear a subject at University Level." At my university, as I well know, 40% was just enough to pass.

End of over 6 (11 runs) Titans 50/0 (RR: 8.33)

    • JA Rudolph 22 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 27 (15b 2x4 2x6)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-11-0
    • JM Mennie 2-0-13-0

Hogg to Davids, 1 leg bye, Hogg begins with a ball spinning in towards the pads, looks to swipe that away towards square leg, off the pads


Hogg to Rudolph, 1 run, spins in towards the left-hander, who stays back in his crease to tuck the ball for a single

Anantha: "That, shot 5.2, somehow resembled a Kallis shot there... good movement, nice bend to the knee and the direction of the bat's followthrough"


Hogg to Davids, no run, pitched up, on middle and turning in to the pads, defended to the leg side


Hogg to Davids, 1 wide, way down the leg side, well done by Ronchi to collect


Hogg to Davids, no run, too short from Hogg, too wide outside off, should have been smacked for four, instead the batsman can only chop it towards cover, there's a breakdown in communication between the batsmen, puts in the dive, and he beats the keeper by a couple of frames


Hogg to Davids, no run, defended by Davids


Hogg to Davids, no run, a length ball is punched back to Hogg

Aaron: "I like this competition. Especially games, like this one. It's a brilliant opportunity to see players I would never see otherwise and for some players to get international exposure. Also chance for the BBL teams this summer to go scouting."

End of over 7 (3 runs) Titans 53/0 (RR: 7.57)

    • H Davids 27 (20b 2x4 2x6)
    • JA Rudolph 23 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-2-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-11-0

Edmondson to bowl now


Edmondson to Rudolph, no run, length ball is blocked out to the off side


Edmondson to Rudolph, 1 run, short of length ball outside leg stump, Rudolph is cramped up a bit., but still manages to pull it away towards midwicket


Edmondson to Davids, SIX, shot! short from Edmondson and that is pulled away just behind deep square leg for six, the ball swerving away from the fielder in the deep


Edmondson to Davids, FOUR, not as nice a stroke from Davids, looking to drive a wide one through cover, gets a thick edge, sends the ball between the keeper and short third man


Edmondson to Davids, SIX, half-volley on the pads, not the greatest of deliveries but that is dismissed in some style by Davids, a flamboyant flicks sends it to the boundary rope for six


Edmondson to Davids, 1 run, pitched up and that is a controlled loft towards long-on

Rahul Paharia: "I guess you should reserve your judgement on whether the fans care or not till the next game. But less feedback does improve the chance of my comment being published :)" Yes, two IPL teams playing at Indian primetime on a Saturday night.

End of over 8 (18 runs) Titans 71/0 (RR: 8.87)

    • H Davids 44 (24b 3x4 4x6)
    • JA Rudolph 24 (24b 2x4 1x6)
    • BM Edmondson 1-0-18-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-2-0

Hogg to Davids, 2 runs, short ball outside leg from Hogg, Davids was off balance as he tried to pull that one, bit of a top-edge sends the ball towards midwicket


Hogg to Davids, no run, short of length ball slides on, pushed back towards the bowler


Hogg to Davids, no run, pitched up, pushed back towards the bowler


Hogg to Davids, 1 run, shorter from Hogg, Davids swivels as he pulls that towards deep midwicket


Hogg to Rudolph, FOUR, a full toss is reverse-paddled away by Rudolph for four, controlled shot beats the man at short third


Hogg to Rudolph, 1 run, pitched up, outside off, driven towards long-off

Philip Davidson: "the case u put forward that the fans dont care is absolutely ridiculous.. no south african in their right mind wants to lose to an australian team ... ever. Go Titans !!!" I'm not saying NOBODY cares, clearly a few do. But the amount of feedback is about 10% what you'd get for an IPL match or an international match.

End of over 9 (8 runs) Titans 79/0 (RR: 8.77)

    • JA Rudolph 29 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 47 (28b 3x4 4x6)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-10-0
    • BM Edmondson 1-0-18-0

Mennie to Rudolph, no run, pushed off the front foot towards the bowler


Mennie to Rudolph, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, Rudolph makes some room but can't get under that one, pushed to the off side


Mennie to Davids, 1 run, pitched up and well outside off, Davids looking to paddle that one, sends it towards square leg


Mennie to Rudolph, FOUR, pitched up, on off stump, that is thrashed towards deep midwicket by Rudolph, Hogg races across but the ball is too quick for him


Mennie to Rudolph, FOUR, low full toss heading for leg stump, very well handled by Rudolph, who skips away from the stumps and thumps that through the off side for four


Mennie to Rudolph, no run, full on the pads again, this time Rudolph stands his ground, works it towards midwicket

Gav: "I hope Hoggy goes around awhile yet. I like the variety of seeing (slc) next to his name in the summary, rather then the more mundane (sla) or (ob)."

End of over 10 (10 runs) Titans 89/0 (RR: 8.90)

    • JA Rudolph 38 (31b 5x4 1x6)
    • H Davids 48 (29b 3x4 4x6)
    • JM Mennie 3-0-23-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-10-0

Beer to Davids, 1 run, full ball just outside off, squeezed out towards mid-off


Beer to Rudolph, 1 run, pitched up on off and middle, pushed towards long-on for a single

Great start this for Titans. 180 at least, surely from this position.


Beer to Davids, no run, pushed back towards the bowler


Beer to Davids, no run, leg stump delivery, reverse-swept by Davids as he looks to beat the short third man, can't get it past him though


Beer to Davids, no run, good over from Beer this, firing it into the blockhole, defended


Beer to Davids, no run, just two off the over, four dot balls to finish off, this was short and on the pads, Davids was committed to the front foot, gets back late and whips it but only as far as short third

"Why is that four Indian teams get through automatically, yet both English teams had to qualify?! This is not a true representation of the champions of the world." Television ratings, Matthew.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Titans 91/0 (RR: 8.27)

    • H Davids 49 (34b 3x4 4x6)
    • JA Rudolph 39 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • MA Beer 2-0-13-0
    • JM Mennie 3-0-23-0

Edmondson to Rudolph, SIX, short of length ball outside off, Rudolph makes a bit of room to free his arms, stabs that over point for six


Edmondson to Rudolph, no run, what was that, extra bounce there from just short of a length, completely takes the batsman by surprise, bounces well over where Rudolph expected it to be, Ronchi has to leap to collect that, even Edmondson is amazed at how he got that to rear


Edmondson to Rudolph, 1 wide, down the leg side


Edmondson to Rudolph, 1 run, looks to thrash that through the off side, a fullish ball, can't get it past mid-off


Edmondson to Davids, no run, short of length ball outside off, Davids moves away from leg and looks to thump it through the off side, misses


Edmondson to Davids, 1 run, length ball well outside off, pushed towards cover for a single that brings up his half-century, he has played a few dot balls in the lead-up to that mini-milestone


Edmondson to Rudolph, 1 wide, errs down the leg side


Edmondson to Rudolph, FOUR, short of length on length stump, superbly handled by Rudolph, he backs away from the stumps and crashes that behind point for four, Davids seemed to be the one playing many of the aggressive strokes, but Rudolph has caught up with him, he too reaches his half-century

End of over 12 (14 runs) Titans 105/0 (RR: 8.75)

    • JA Rudolph 50 (36b 6x4 2x6)
    • H Davids 50 (36b 3x4 4x6)
    • BM Edmondson 2-0-32-0
    • MA Beer 2-0-13-0

Beer to Davids, FOUR, too full from Beer, Davids gets on one knee and punches that wide of long-off, a dive from the fielder there, gets his hand on it, but can't prevent the ball from rolling onto the rope


Beer to Davids, OUT, at long last a wicket for Scorchers, Davids looking to send that ball into orbit, he misses, Beer knocks over the stumps

H Davids b Beer 54 (54m 38b 4x4 4x6) SR: 142.10

Dozza: "40% was a pass at your university? I'm there! Who says I need to know more than 40% of anatomy to become a surgeon?" Just mail in which hospital you plan to work at, will take care to avoid it.


Beer to van Jaarsveld, 1 run


Beer to Rudolph, 1 run, length ball is eased towards long-on


Beer to van Jaarsveld, no run, length ball sliding on towards legstump, pushed to the left of the bowler


Beer to van Jaarsveld, no run, an inside-edge sends the ball behind square leg for a single

End of over 13 (6 runs) Titans 111/1 (RR: 8.53)

    • M van Jaarsveld 1 (3b)
    • JA Rudolph 51 (37b 6x4 2x6)
    • MA Beer 3-0-19-1
    • BM Edmondson 2-0-32-0

Hogg to Rudolph, no run, that one spins towards off stump after pitching on leg, awkwardly defended from the crease

Devon Mace: "I'm loving this tournament. In New Zealand, we see the HRV Cup, BBL and IPL. Occasionally, we see the Caribbean T20 on ESPN.

But, the IPL is at an awkward viewing time. So this is the tournament where I can see the world's greatest players battling it out. And I see the players that are just behind that I'll never get to see otherwise.

This tournament will become a big thing if it's managed correctly. But if they don't manage to get it perfect, it won't work at all."


Hogg to Rudolph, 1 wide, faster and down the leg side


Hogg to Rudolph, no run, length ball outside leg, reverse-swept towards square leg


Hogg to Rudolph, 1 run, short of length ball, eased towards long-on for a single


Hogg to van Jaarsveld, no run, looks to sweep and misses


Hogg to van Jaarsveld, no run, on the pads, worked to square leg


Hogg to van Jaarsveld, no run, watchful defence back towards the bowler, time for someone from the Titans to go berserk, just one down after 14 overs, what's all the caution for?

End of over 14 (2 runs) Titans 113/1 (RR: 8.07)

    • M van Jaarsveld 1 (6b)
    • JA Rudolph 52 (40b 6x4 2x6)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-12-0
    • MA Beer 3-0-19-1

Beer to Rudolph, 1 run, full and outside off, squeezed out towards point


Beer to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, low full toss just outside leg stump, batsman moves past leg and thumps that towards long-on, one bounce to the fielder


Beer to Rudolph, no run, well outside off stump, not quite the best delivery to reverse-sweep, he misses


Beer to Rudolph, 1 run, a typical T20 slog, sends the ball towards deep midwicket


Beer to van Jaarsveld, SIX, that's more of what the home crowd wants to see, a full ball outside leg, van Jaarsveld makes room and launches that inside-out over extra cover, a powerful hit


Beer to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, looks to power the ball through the off side, gets an inside-edge this time and the ball rolls to the leg side

End of over 15 (10 runs) Titans 123/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • M van Jaarsveld 9 (9b 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 54 (43b 6x4 2x6)
    • MA Beer 4-0-29-1
    • GB Hogg 3-0-12-0

Hogg to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, short of a length and outside off, slapped towards point

Pete doesn't seem to think much of this format: "Is it assumed the four IPL outfits don't have to qualify as they've already skimmed off the best players who got the other teams through?"


Hogg to Rudolph, no run, defended back to the bowler after making room and then dancing down the track

Jason Gaitz: "@Mathew, the champions of the world, West Indies, don't have a single team in the main draw!"


Hogg to Rudolph, SIX, that looked good from Rudolph, makes a touch of room and swings that over extra cover for six, well taken in the crowd there


Hogg to Rudolph, 2 runs, length ball outside off this time, thumped towards long-off for a couple


Hogg to Rudolph, 1 run, full ball outside off, sliced towards sweeper cover


Hogg to van Jaarsveld, FOUR, well outside off, easy put away for van Jaarsveld, he cracks it to the point boundary for four

End of over 16 (14 runs) Titans 137/1 (RR: 8.56)

    • M van Jaarsveld 14 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 63 (47b 6x4 3x6)
    • GB Hogg 4-0-26-0
    • MA Beer 4-0-29-1

Mitch Marsh is back


MR Marsh to Rudolph, FOUR, length ball on middle and leg, worked away fine enough to get it to the boundary, just beats the diving fielder at fine leg

Revanth: "Well, the whole idea of CLT20 has marketing and revenue ambitions with it but look purely on cricketing point of view. I never knew there was a player called Henry Davids who could hit clean shots. Its a treat for cricket lovers."


MR Marsh to Rudolph, FOUR, Rudolph again makes rooms and launches it over extra cover for four more, that was a length ball from Marsh, asking to be hit at this stage of the innings, Marsh grimaces on seeing the ball disappear to the boundary


MR Marsh to Rudolph, 1 run, much better from Marsh, a yorker on middle stump, dug out for a single


MR Marsh to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, pitched up, on middle and leg, van Jaarsveld makes room and eases that towards sweeper cover


MR Marsh to Rudolph, FOUR, once more Rudolph adopts the making-room strategy, and it pays off, slices it over point for four this time, it was a length ball, Rudolph didn't quite get hold of that but it was wide of the fielder


MR Marsh to Rudolph, 1 run, a low full toss on the pads, whipped towards deep square leg

End of over 17 (15 runs) Titans 152/1 (RR: 8.94)

    • JA Rudolph 77 (52b 9x4 3x6)
    • M van Jaarsveld 15 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • MR Marsh 2-0-26-0
    • GB Hogg 4-0-26-0

Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 run, length ball is punched towards long-off for a single

Leehar: "It's interesting to see the duplicity going on here. Either there isn't enough feedback going on, supposedly showing insufficient interest (despite venues being fully booked both Centurion today, and Wanderers tomorrow); or else we're catering too much to the Indian market (which has the most fans). You can't have it both ways! I for one am enjoying the batting display by the Titans, and hope for more of the same when I watch the Lions tomorrow!"


Rimmington to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, a yorker headed for the boots, somehow kept out, the ball rolls towards point


Rimmington to Rudolph, no run, Rudolph backs away too early, Rimmington follows him, Rudolph was several feet beyond leg, but still had no room to work the ball away


Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 run, just outside off, Rudolph doesn't move away this time, muscles it towards sweeper cover

dds: "the explanation for 4 IPL sides is a little more depressing than television ratings alone. It's the idea that the Indian audience only wants to watch Indian players. It may not be true, but it's what's been assumed by the owners of the tournament. I'd always like to think that good cricket is more of a draw, but maybe i'm wrong." I fear you are right.


Rimmington to van Jaarsveld, no run, looks for the ramp shot there but can't connect with that outside off delivery


Rimmington to van Jaarsveld, no run, terrific over from Rimmington, just three off the over, ends it with a slower full ball well outside off, can only be mistimed back towards the bowler

End of over 18 (3 runs) Titans 155/1 (RR: 8.61)

    • M van Jaarsveld 16 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • JA Rudolph 79 (55b 9x4 3x6)
    • NJ Rimmington 3-0-18-0
    • MR Marsh 2-0-26-0

Mennie to Rudolph, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, whipped towards short fine


Mennie to van Jaarsveld, 2 runs, a low full toss into the blockhole, punched towards long-on, Rudolph manages to scramble back for the second


Mennie to van Jaarsveld, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, mistimed towards point for a single


Mennie to Rudolph, 1 run, another low full toss, on middle stump this time, Rudolph looks to hammer that but can't beat deep midwicket, boundaries looking elusive here for Titans


Mennie to van Jaarsveld, OUT, slower bouncer, the batsman wants to thrash at everything, he goes for the pull, top edges it for a simple catch near square leg

M van Jaarsveld c North b Mennie 19 (27m 18b 1x4 1x6) SR: 105.55

Ravishankar Sridharan: "Mathew: When you can accept 3 EPL teams directly qualify to Champions league Football, and from SPL you get only one team, that too should qualify. It all depends on, how much cricket is being followed where and how many teams do really have capability to win Champions League!" Ravishankar, read this piece, and the point about T&T.


Mennie to Rudolph, 1 run, full ball is thumped towards deep midwicket

19 off 18 isn't what Titans wanted from their captain. Firdose says they should have sent in Berhardien earlier, as neither Rudolph nor Jaarsveld are known for their hitting.

End of over 19 (6 runs) Titans 161/2 (RR: 8.47)

    • JA Rudolph 82 (58b 9x4 3x6)
    • F Behardien 0 (0b)
    • JM Mennie 4-0-29-1
    • NJ Rimmington 3-0-18-0

Rimmington to Rudolph, 1 run, Rudolph sends it towards midwicket once more for a single


Rimmington to Behardien, no run, a slower ball just outside off, it was full and the batsman can only push it towards point


Rimmington to Behardien, OUT, another slower ball, on a length and outside off, Behardien looks to muscle it through the off side, a faint nick through to the keeper, it has been 16 deliveries since Titans found the boundary, there has been some good bowling from Perth, but not so good that a team with loads of wickets can't find the rope

F Behardien c †Ronchi b Rimmington 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Rimmington to Wiese, OUT, Rimmington on a hat-trick now, a terrific yorker there means David Wiese lasts only one ball, his stumps are re-arranged and Titans' innings continues to flatline here, they were 89 for 0 after 10 over, surely they should have doubled the score

D Wiese b Rimmington 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Rimmington to van der Merwe, no run, a slower ball slanting down the leg side, off the pads towards the keeper


Rimmington to van der Merwe, 1 run, end of a fantastic over from Rimmington, just two off the final over, van der Merwe looks to power the final ball, but can only edge it towards cover for a single, only 11 runs off the final three overs there

Devon Mace again: "Imagine how incredible this tournament would have been if players like Albert Trott, Gilbert Jessop, Ted Alletson and Victor Trumper were playing. Someone like Ted Alletson if he was having one of his days, would be an incredible player, mixing patience with aggression. That's one thing modern players lack in my opinion. The ability to control their temperament."

An idealistic Vivek mails in: "TV ratings mustn't be the target of these tournament. It should only focus on cricket as it was said that T20 is the best format to spread the game worldwide. I am an Indian and I don't like 4 IPL teams playing CLT20. Cricket in certain parts of the world like New Zealand and Caribbean needs more attention."

Sam: "Does the ball travel further here because of the altitude (thinner air)?" Yes, "the rarefied atmosphere of the Highveld" is a phrase all TV commentators seem contractually obliged to say as often as possible.

Joshua: "Just wondering if anyone's pointed out yet that India have 4 IPL teams playing because they own 50% of the CLT20. Australia and SA have the other 25% each, which is why they both have two teams, none of which had to qualify. The CLT20 is a spiritless cash cow, and I'd boycott it entirely if I didn't enjoy watching cricket so much."

David: "Waiting for you to fix up 12.6 ... was it, or wasn't it a single? (And so his time passed in meditation on the great questions of existence and the meaning of life.)" It wasn't a single, my mistake there. Now you can get on with your life.

Atlas Khan: "for me this is very good tournament.i broke my bed rest after i am enjoying t20 cricket with my pain."

A comment we can all agree with. SRI: "missing Gayle already :("

Atiqur: "I wonder the champion team from SLPL has played qualifying pool but why not Dhaka Gladiators from BPL?" You aren't the first to ponder that one.

End of over 20 (2 runs) Titans 163/4

    • RE van der Merwe 1 (2b)
    • JA Rudolph 83 (59b 9x4 3x6)
    • NJ Rimmington 4-0-20-2
    • JM Mennie 4-0-29-1





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