- The Titans breezed into the semifinals of the CSA T20 Challenge held at St. George's Cricket Stadium in Gqeberha
- Proteas Thenis de Bruyn and Heinrich Klaasen powered them through to a comfortable seven wicket win over the Lions
- The result sees the Lions' hopes of a playoff position almost dashed, with results going their way the only manner they can qualify
Proteas Theunis de Bruyn (63*) and Heinrich Klaasen (44) combined for third wicket stand for a 106-run stand to lead the Momentum Multiply Titans to seven-wicket victory in the CSA T20 Challenge against the Imperial Lions at St.George’s Park in Gqberha.
The Titans quickly shook off the double loss of Quinton de Kock (22) and Dewald Brevis (7) inside the Power Play with the former crunching three fours and a six from 11 balls before popping a leading edge against spinner Bjorn Fortuin to backward point and Brevis edging Malusi Siboto to ‘keeper Dom Hendricks.
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Klaasen chipped a tame catch back to Siboto with just seven runs required to depart for 44 from 33 balls (1x4, 3x6) but de Bruyn stayed until the end with his 63 coming from 51 balls with six fours and a six.
Reeza Hendricks earlier led the way with 41 from 37 balls (4x4, 1x6) while Kagiso Rapulana chipped in with 31 from 25 balls (5x4) but the Lions innings was set in reverse in the ninth over when Tabraiz Shamsi (2-25) claimed two wickets in two balls after which the Lions barely recovered.
Joshua Richards’ (10) back foot cover drive against Junior Dala was caught at the second attempt by Klaasen at mid off before Dom Hendricks (4) was trapped lbw by a quicker ball from legspinner Brevis who was good value for his return of 1-18 from three overs.
Mitchell van Buuren (9) was clean bowled by Aaron Phangiso but Sisanda Magala slammed two fours and two sixes in the final two overs to finish unbeaten on 33 from only 18 balls and Bjorn Fortuin contributed an unbeaten 15 from 14 balls to give the Lions a chance.
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A brilliant batting performance from Jacques Snyman, who hammered 90 off 52 balls with 10 fours and three sixes, backed up by CP Klijnhans on debut who batted through the innings to end unbeaten on 71 off 55 balls (8x4; 1x6), helped them chase down the target of 171 with eight balls to spare.