Knights thump limp Titans
The Knights annexed their third MTN one-day title last night.
It was a performance built on attacking in the mandatory 10-over Power Play at the start of each innings, with the ball they ripped out the Titans’ top order; with the bat, led by Morne van Wyk’s unbeaten 85, they smashed a limp Titans attack to the tune of 69 runs.
Despite an hour-long break after a storm, and a revised target of 152, the Knights had no problems achieving their win, with eight balls to spare.
Van Wyk’s decision to bowl, was certainly vindicated by two excellent opening spells from Johan van der Wath (3/47) and Ryan McLaren (3/23).
The Knights’ catching was sublime. Van Wyk poached four, three one-handed efforts, with the grab to dismiss Albie Morkel probably the best.
The Titans’ innings never truly got going. Three wickets up front inside the first eight overs meant AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis had to be cautious.
Du Plessis, looked like a man in form, as has been the case throughout the competition. His 111 not out was his third hundred in the MTN40 this season.
But It was the Knight’s who grabbed the initiative following a sprightly innings from Ferhaan Behardien. Du Plessis was left to play a loan hand as a procession started in the 29th over; Behardien was caught at midwicket by Rossouw, Morkel went first ball, Van der Merwe made just nine, David Wiese four and Mangaliso Mosehle two.
With last man Morne Morkel in, Du Plessis unleashed a desperate late innings attack, that saw him take 17 runs off the 38th over, and then 13 off the 39th during which he reached his century – the fourth of his limited overs career. The national selectors would certainly have taken note and if consistency over the season wasn’t enough, this innings, under pressure, in a final must have led to a tick being put next to his name.