Standard bank Cup 2004-05 November 15, 2004

Hector shows Eagles the way

Eagles 268 for 7 (Hector 98*, van Wyk 57) beat Titans 264 for 4 (Petersen 115*, Kemp 50) by 3 wickets

SuperSport Park in Centurion once again lived up to its reputation as yet another game ended in excitement - the Eagles prevailed in a close fight with the Titans by a margin of three wickets with two balls to go.

Set a target of 265, the Eagles got off to a flier with Morne van Wyk and Jonathan Beukus putting on 82 in the first 12 overs. When Beukus was out for 31, Benjamin Hector came to the crease. Though wickets fell around him regularly, he raced away to score 98 not out off 89 balls to secure the win for the Eagles.

A maiden hundred from Alviro Petersen (115 not out) and a 50 from Justin Kemp, along with a 53-run partnership in the final five overs from Albie Morkel and Petersen gave the Titans the impetus to post a competitive total of 264 for 4.

Dolphins 225 for 5 (Benkenstein 92*) beat Western Province Boland 192 (Puttick 101*) by 33 runs

At Newlands in Cape Town an undefeated 101 from Andrew Puttick could not save Western Province Boland as the Dolphins ran away to a 33-run win.

A 92 from Dale Benkenstein averted the Dolphins's embarrassment as they limped to 225 for 5. Imraan Khan, Doug Watson and Jon Kent could not convert good starts, and it was left to Benkenstein and Lance Klusener (24 not out) to pick up the pieces. They did that adequately, putting on 59 in the last seven overs.

On a pitch where 226 was achievable, WPB struggled. The innings never got off the ground as wickets fell around Puttick. Applying himself, he played with ease but could not find a willing partner. Henry Davids, the next best on 24, tried hard but in the end a lack of application cost WPB dearly.