• Bavuma ton drives Lions to 8-wicket win over Titans

    Dean Elgar’s magnificent 137 wasn’t enough to stem the tide of runs from a rampant
    Highveld Lions in their One-Day Cup match on Wednesday evening, with Lions skipper Temba Bavuma scoring a match-winning century, writes SIMON LEWIS.

    The Titans suffered an early setback to find themselves on 38-4 after 11 overs before Dean Elgar and Titans skipper Heinrich Klaasen shared a record 202-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

    Klaasen departed with the score on 240-5, having scored 82 off 105 balls (8×4, 1×6). Elgar departed seven runs later after notching up his sixth List-A century, his 137 runs coming off just 121 balls, with 10 fours and six sixes.

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    Chris Morris beefed up the Titans score with another incredible display of power hitting, smashing three fours and five sixes off 20 balls to end on 51 not out (S/R 255.00).

    Nandre Burger was the most economical of the Lions bowlers, his 10 overs going for just 50 runs, in addition to picking up the wicket of Dean Elgar.

    Facing a stiff target, the Lions got off to the perfect start, Reeza Hendricks and Kagiso Rapulana adding 96 for the first wicket inside the first 15 overs. After Rapulana departed for 38 off 41 balls, Hendricks and Bavuma took the score along to 185 before Hendricks fell five short of his century (90 balls, 12×4, 1×6, S/R 105.55).

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    Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen then added an unbroken 125 runs for the third wicket as the Lions strolled to their victory target off just 47 overs. Van der Dussen ended on 46 off 43 balls (4×4, 1×6), while Bavuma scored his third List-A century, his 117 coming off 108 balls with 14 fours to earn him the Player of the Match honours.

    Farhaan Behardien picked up the wicket of Hendricks and was also the most economical Titans bowler on the night, his six overs costing just 35 runs (econ 5.83)


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