Morkel, Elgar guide Titans to title
Titans 288 for 5 (Morkel 134, Elgar 100) beat Cobras 285 for 8 (Levi 104, Puttick 69) by five wickets
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Centuries from Albie Morkel and Dean Elgar led Titans to the Momentum One-Day Cup title with a five-wicket win over Cobras at Newlands. Richard Levi's hundred had set the platform for Cobras but the innings fell away and their total was reeled in by Elgar and Morkel, who put on 195 for the fifth wicket.
When Titans slipped to 60 for 4, victory looked a long way off but the stand between Elgar and Morkel gradually edged momentum back their way. They never allowed the required run rate to get much above seven and when Morkel smashed Rory Kleinveldt for consecutive sixes in the 37th over, it signalled that the charge was on.
Kleinveldt had earlier struck with his first legitimate ball on the way to removing both Titans openers inside five overs. Offspinner Sybrand Engelbrecht then picked up two wickets in his first spell but Cobras struggled to contain Elgar and Morkel in the latter half of the innings. Kleinveldt did dismiss Elgar with 31 required from 29 but Morkel then hit 6-6-4 to bring the finish line in sight.
Cobras were last team to win the tournament outright, after the final was washed out in 2012-13 and 2013-14. They were also involved in both previous finals, with Titans the opposition last year.
Cobras got off to a flying start through Levi and Andrew Puttick and were going at almost six an over when Tabraiz Shamsi broke through in the 32nd over. Levi was the batsman to fall, having made 104 off 113, but Puttick was not as fluent and the innings began to go awry after he was run-out to leave Cobras on 209 for 3.
That they managed to add 71 in the final ten overs was largely down to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas, who hit four fours and a six in his 40 off 25 deliveries, as four Cobras batsmen fell for single-figure scores. Shamsi was foremost in slowing them down, finishing with 1 for 32 from ten overs, while Elgar and Morkel also got through 12 tidy overs.