Shaun von Berg struck a century and took a 10-wicket haul, as the Titans sealed a four-wicket victory over the Warriors.
The Titans overcame the disappointment of missing out on the Sunfoil Series title to finish second, this after the Knights secured the trophy yesterday following an innings victory against the Lions.
It was all to play for going into the final session on day four in Benoni, as the Titans still needed 44 more runs for victory with only four wickets in hand. What was supposed to be a challenging prospect was done with ease thanks to Heino Kuhn and Von Berg.
It was the perfect performance from Von Berg, who took four wickets in the first innings, then scored a crucial century, took a six-wicket haul in the Warriors‘ second innings, before rounding off his impressive display with a 24-ball 35.
It wouldn’t have been possible without Kuhn’s spectacular 165, battling on in the chase despite lose partners around him.
It concludes a disappointing campaign for the Warriors, who began the final round of Sunfoil Series matches at the bottom of the standings, as the only side who went into it without a mathematical possibility of lifting the trophy.
The one plus for the Eastern Cape side was Colin Ackermann, who finished at the top of the run-scoring charts thanks to his 150, but Simon Harmer’s side will have to regroup as the Momentum One Day Cup kicks off on Friday.
The match between the Dolphins and the Cobras meanwhile petered out to a draw in Durban, with only 60 overs played on day four before they called it a stalemate.
There was still time for Stiaan van Zyl to score a third century in a row, but it was trivial to the outcome of the match, with 96 of the 128 overs bowled between spinners Prenelen Subrayen and Senuran Muthusamy in a match that both sides clearly just wanted to come to an end.
It was enough for the Cobras to finish third, in what was an incredible turnaround since Ashwell Prince took over as coach. The Dolphins would have to settle for third, while the Lions finished fifth.
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