Davids stars in a high-scoring thriller
Titans 322 (Henry Davids 166, Heino Kuhn 72, du Preez 4-66) beat Knights (Coetsee 67, van der Merwe 5-40) by five runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Henry Davids' 166, which included five sixes and 15 fours, helped Titans beat Knights by five runs with just two balls to spare in a thriller played at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberly on Wednesday. Batting first, the Titans began aggressively with openers Davids and Heino Kuhn taking on the Knights bowlers. The pair, who eventually put on a 149-run stand, hurried to 50 off 8.5 overs and 100 in the 16th over.
The partnership ended when Kuhn was run out in the 24th over. Martin Van Jaarsveld and Farhaan Behardien were the other batsmen who pushed the scoring along with Davids. But four wickets went down for six runs towards the end of the innings and that limited Titans to 322.
Knights' batsmen began well, with the top-six scoring freely. Openers, Michael Erlank and Rudi Second, put on a 66-run stand. Then Ryan Bailey and Werner Coetsee kept them in the hunt with a fifth-wicket stand of 95. With 73 runs required off the last 10 overs, Knights were ahead, but a double-wicket over by Roelof van der Merwe derailed the chase. Regular wickets continued to fall till the last over when Knights required 16 to win with just one wicket in hand.
Consecutive boundaries by Dillon du Preez brought the equation down to 7 off 2 but the last man, Malusi Siboto was run out off the penultimate ball.
Knights, who had just one wicket in hand in the last over, needed 15 to win, but Malusi Siboto was run out, costing his side the match.