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Eagles soar to victory over Titans

Keith Lane

January 29, 2006

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The Eagles made short work of the leaders Titans at Goodyear Park in Bloemfontein, winning by six wickets with eight balls to spare.

Electing to bat on a lifeless pitch, the Titans made a good start to their innings with AB de Villiers (33) and Martin van Jaarsveld (28) putting on 64 from 50 balls, but both fell in quick succession. Gerald Dros made an unbeaten 24, but with wickets falling at regular intervals they could only muster a modest 128 for 8. Dillon du Preez, Roger Telemachus and Ryan Bailey each took two wickets to restrict the Titans.

The Eagles made an excellent start with Morne van Wyk and Jonathan Beukes putting on a solid 75 for the first wicket. A slight wobble saw them lose two wickets but once Roger Telemachus arrived at the crease, hitting an unbeaten 24 off 11 balls, the Eagles regained their momentum.

In a thriller at Newlands in Cape Town, the Cape Cobras beat the Lions by five runs, with the match going down to the final ball.

The Cobras scored 155 for 6 in their 20 overs after recovering from a poor start. Dominic Telo hit 48 off 34 balls, JP Duminy 31 off 29 and Thami Tsolekile striking 38 off 29.

The Lions made a reasonable start but a slow knock of 28 from Neil McKenzie put them well behind the run-rate. Andy Blignaut (42*) and Justin Ontong (26 off 8) put on 36 from 14 balls to bring the Lions back into the game. In the end, the onslaught had come one over too late; needing 13 off the final proved to be too many as Alan Dawson drew on all his experience to restrict them to just seven, as the Lions finished on 150 for 8.

Keith Lane works for Cricinfo in South Africa

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