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April 6, 2005
Titans 151 for 3 (Petersen 64*, Tshabalala 2-26) beat Eagles 150 for 8 by 7 wickets
The Titans exploded into form at SuperSport Park in Centurion with a devastating display of hitting, crushing the Eagles - the current title-holders.
In an unexpected - and ultimately successful - move, the Titans opened with Albie Morkel and Alviro Petersen, who put on 75 in 8.4 overs in the chase for the 151-run target. Morkel was eventually caught for 36 while Petersen, named the "Master Blaster", helped himself to 64 off 40 balls, including a six off the last ball of the 16th over to give the Titans a bonus point.
Having sent the Eagles in to bat, the Titans made things very difficult for the batsmen, at least initially. After 15 overs they were 89 for 5. Only a late onslaught by Craig Thyssen (31 in 13) helped them to 150 for 8. Cliff Deacon was also no slouch as he finished not out on 21 off 13 balls. Alfonso Thomas and Albie Morkel shared the wickets with two each while Dale Steyn and Justin Kemp kept things tight, giving away only 17 and 16 runs respectively off their four overs.
Western Province Boland 115 for 5 (Duminy 47) beat Warriors 114 (Jacobs 45, Kleinveldt 3-18, Hantam 3-25) by 5 wickets
Western Province Boland cruised to an easy five-wicket win over the Warriors at Newlands in Cape Town. The Warriors's innings never got off the ground despite 45 off 41 balls by Arno Jacobs. Rory Kleinveldt and William Hantam ensured that most batsmen did not even reach double-figures.
The target of 115 was never going to be a difficult chase for WPBOL. JP Duminy once again top-scored with a run-a-ball 47. A 50-run partnership with Thami Tsolekile (30 not out) was enough to see the home side through with five wickets down and an over to spare.
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