Cricket South Africa’s sponsorship problems took another downward turn when Sunfoil, headline backers of Tests and the domestic first-class competitions, decided to pull the plug.
The Titans, Ram Slam T20 and Sunfoil four-day champions, have signed a ‘youth and experience’ squad to carry them forward next season.
The Titans probably played to 70% of their potential, but ‘character and attitude’ carried them through to the Sunfoil title, says coach Mark Boucher.
Thirty games and 120 days’ scheduled play in the Sunfoil Series, and it all came down to a frenetic two days of desperate activity and enforced inactivity, from which the Titans emerged victorious.
Centuries by Stephen Cook and Reeza Hendricks enabled the Highveld Lions to end their Sunfoil campaign with a resounding nine-wicket win over the Cobras in Potchefstroom.
Chris Morris’ 6-55 paved the way for the Titans to become the Sunfoil champions after a remarkable two-day match in which they beat the Knights by four wickets.
The Titans dominated their first day’s play against the Knights at Centurion as they made a furious attack to snatch the Sunfoil crown.
By merely getting on to the field at Senwes Park and scoring 217 against the Lions, the Cobras have taken the lead in the tight Sunfoil race.
Rain prevented play in any of the final three Sunfoil matches, raising the possibility of a lucky lottery if or when any team gets on to the field.
The Dolphins made a valiant effort, but the target of 285 set by the Lions was too much as rain had the final say to ensure the Wanderers match ended in a draw.
The Warriors fell eight runs short of what would have been a remarkable victory over the Knights, and which would have consolidated their position at the top of the Sunfoil table.
The Dolphins remain in a strong position to win at the Wanderers after the Lions lost four wickets in gaining a lead of 88.
Whatever hopes the Cobras had of gaining a second Sunfoil victory were buried under a mountain of runs as they laboured to 393-3 in Paarl.
An explosive century from Dane Vilas helped the Dolphins take control of their Sunfoil Series match against the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers.
A vital century by Farhaan Behardien dragged the initiative away from the Cobras on day two of their Sunfoil Series match at Paarl.