Titans turn tables on Western Province
Titans 176 for 2 (Rudolph 71, Hall 59) beat WPBOL 162
for 4 (Kallis 50, Johnson 44) by 14 runs
Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Hall shared a 130-run opening partnership in 16 overs, to set Titans on the way to victory against Western Province Boland. No bowler was spared in the onslaught, as Rudolph top-scored with 71 from 50 balls, including 10 fours to all parts of the ground and a six over midwicket. Meanwhile Hall, back in cricket after undergoing back surgery, scored 59 off 51 deliveries, including six fours and a six. With a licence to hit out in the final overs, Justin Kemp and Gerald Dros then added 31 off 13 deliveries.
Neil Johnson and Jacques Kallis kept WPBOL in the game with a 95-run partnership from 69 balls, but when Johnson fell for 44 and Kallis for 50, the game hung in the balance. Jean-Paul Duminy and Henry Davids made a valiant effort but the 23 runs required off the last over proved to be out of their reach.
Eastern Cape Cricket 116 for 5 (Boucher 44) beat Eagles
114 for 7 (Jacobs 47) by 5 wickets
Davey Jacobs and Nicky Boje were the only two Eagles batsmen to offer any resistance, as Eastern Cape Cricket bundled them out for 116 en route to a five-wicket victory. The Eagles were always on the back foot and continually lost wickets as they stuttered to 114 for 7 in their 20 overs. Jacobs scored 47 and Boje 25, but playing on a slow rain-affected pitch, one that had seen a lot of rain in the past week, proved too much for the Eagles.
Chasing 114 should have been an easy task, but ECC made heavy weather of it. It took some heavy hitting from Mark Boucher to relieve the pressure, although they only managed to win with three balls to spare.