Standard Bank Pro20 Series, 2004-05

Bodi steers Titans into a home semi-final spot

Keith Lane

April 17, 2005

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Wins away from home for the Titans and the Warriors saw them claim the home semi-final positions in the PRO20 Series with wins against Western Province Boland and the Eagles. The Warriors' win in Bloemfontein dropped the Eagles to third spot while Western Province Boland finished second from bottom

Titans 115 for 2 (Bodi 47) beat Western Province Boland 114 for 9 (Kemp 3-19) by 8 wickets

Western Province Boland finished a dismal season at Newlands in Cape Town taking an eight-wicket drubbing from the Titans in the final round-robin game of the PRO20 Series.

Sent in to bat, WPBOL's innings never got off the ground as first Dale Steyn (2 for 10) sent them crashing with some very quick bowling and then Justin Kemp (3 for 19) cleaned up the top order. With only Derrin Bassage, Wian Smit and Renier Munnik able to get into the twenties, WPBOL collapsed to 114 for 9 at the end of the 20 overs.

In contrast, the Titans innings started well with Goolam Bodi and Alviro Petersen putting on 43 before Petersen was caught behind for 20 off 15 balls. The hard work had been done up front leaving Bodi and Zander de Bruin the easy task of looking for a run-a-ball and the occasional boundary. A great catch at short fine leg saw the end of Bodi having scored 47 off 43 balls to leave the Titans 18 runs short of the win. Justin Kemp strode to the crease and after getting away with an edge off the first ball took just seven ball to hit 14 and the win for the Titans.

Warriors 145 for 6 (Henderson 62) beat Eagles 141 for 8 (Beukes 49, Jacobs 40) by 4 wickets

At Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein, the Eagles were knocked out of a home semi-final spot as the Warriors beat them by four wickets to claim the second spot on the table.

A slight wobble at the start of the Eagles' innings saw Jonathan Beukes and Davey Jacobs recover from 2 for 14 to 3 for 90 after 11 overs. Jacobs struck 40 in his 26 balls while Beukes played a more conservative role scoring 49 off 45. Benjamin Hector was next best with 15 as the lower order failed to leave the Eagles on 141 for 8.

The Warriors lost both their openers for 37 but a 56-run partnership between Arno Jacobs (22) and Tyron Henderson saw them edge closer to the target. With Henderson once again on fire, striking six sixes and two fours in his 62, the Warriors eased to a four wicket win with 5 balls to spare.

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