Sunfoil Series 2012-13 January 13, 2013

Second, du Preez shine in Knights' win

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Knights 475 (Second 210, du Preez 118, von Berg 4-117, de Villiers 4-73) and 42 for 0 beat Titans 335 (Davids 92, Malan 65, Siboto 4-47, du Preez 3-41) and 181 (van der Merwe 65, Kuhn 51, du Preez 5-53) by ten wickets

A double-century from Rudi Second and an all-round performance from Dillion du Preez led Knights to a ten-wicket victory against Titans in Benoni. The result put Knights fourth in the league, while Titans remained last, having lost five out of six games.

Titans won the toss but their first-innings suffered because no one went on to convert a start into a massive score. Five of their top six batsman made more than 30 but the top score was Henry Davids' 92. Pieter Malan and Graeme van Buuren also scored half-centuries, van Buuren being a witness to a slump that sent Titans from 245 for 4 to 335 all out. Du Preez took 3 for 41 while Malusi Siboto claimed 4 for 47 for Knights.

Not as many batsmen got starts for Knights but Second converted his into a double-century, the second of his career. He did not have much support though, and Knights slipped to 190 for 7, until du Preez came to the crease. Du Preez scored his second first-class century and added 253 for the eighth wicket with Second. By the time they were separated, Knights were leading by more than 100. Second was the last man dismissed, for 210, with Knights on 475.

Trailing by 140, Titans lost three second-innings wickets before they had scored. Johan van der Wath struck in his first over and du Preez bowled two batsmen in the sixth. There was no coming back from 0-3. Heino Kuhn and Roelof van der Merwe scored half-centuries but du Preez worked his way through the line-up to finish with 5 for 53. Titans were bowled out for 181. Knights had to chase 42 for victory and their openers did the job.