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Titans secure home final, Knights sneak through

Imran Tahir's 4 for 31 went in vain as Dolphins lost by one wicket AFP

Dillon du Preez returned figures of 4 for 31 as the Knights beat Dolphins by one wicket in the final over to seal a qualifier spot in the Momentum One-Day Cup. After Dolphins chose to bat in a virtual eliminator, they were put under pressure from the start, slipping to 54 for 4. The early damage meant even a 50-run fifth-wicket partnership between Sarel Erwee and Andile Phehlukwayo, and useful contributions lower down the order, could only take the Dolphins to 204.

In response, Knights got off to a steady start, openers Rudi Second and Tumelo Bodibe putting on 61 in 13 overs. However, in the collapse that ensued five wickets fell inside 12 runs. Imran Tahir inflicted most of the damage, removing David Miller for a first-ball duck. Pite van Biljon (44) and Aubrey Swanepoel (42) steadied Knights with a 56-run partnership for the sixth wicket, but after Phehlukwayo bowled du Preez with Knights requiring 25 to win, it needed Marchant de Lange and Sammy Mofokeng to take their side through. They combined for an unbeaten 27 runs for the tenth wicket to lead Knights to a four-ball win.

Table toppers Titans sealed a home final with a demolition of Cape Cobras at SuperSport Park. Opening bowlers Chris Morris and Lungi Ngidi put the Cobras on the back foot right away as the pair shared three wickets for 41 runs in their combined 16 overs. The 184 Cobras were bowled out for, after languishing at 30 for 4, was courtesy a half-century from Aviwe Mgijima (52).

The Titans chase was led by a 75-run stand between openers Jonathan Vandiar (72) and Aiden Markram in 11 overs. Even two wickets in three balls with the score on 100 - the second being AB de Villiers for a duck - didn't bother Titans as they won by six wickets.

In Port Elizabeth, Lions' campaign ended with a whimper, as they lost by 36 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to Warriors, who will play the qualifier against Knights. Warriors' top wicket-taker this tournament JJ Smuts was the star performer again, taking 4 for 25 in ten overs to skittle the Lions - who lost their last eight wickets for 59 runs - for 154. No batsman outside the Lions top five managed to make double-digit scores.

The Warriors were well on course to victory with a 93-run opening partnership between Smuts (51) and Gihahn Cloete (41), and were on top of the D/L equation - despite a flurry of four wickets - to complete a 36-run win when the rain arrived.

Knights 2nd innings Partnerships

1st61TM BodibeRS Second
2nd2RS SecondKD Petersen
3rd1RS SecondDA Miller
4th7PJ van BiljonRS Second
5th2PJ van BiljonLL Mnyanda
6th56PJ van BiljonAR Swanepoel
7th42AR SwanepoelSC van Schalkwyk
8th3D du PreezAR Swanepoel
9th6D du PreezM de Lange
10th27SF MofokengM de Lange