The Nashua Titans beat the Chevrolet Warriors by just three runs to win their first match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Colts Week in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
The Titans had posted a second innings score of 327/10 with a lead of 249. Tshepang Dithole was bowled for six in the first over thanks to Matthew Pillans who once again took charge of the bowling attack, finishing with four for 80 in 18.2 overs.
A cluster of wickets that fell in three overs saw the Warriors on 120/5 at the end of the 29th over thanks to Alfredi Mothoa, GC Pretorius and Vincent Moore who removed Marco Marais (37), Ruan Stander (1) and Mathome Modiba (12) respectively.
Johann Smit missed out on his half century when Mothoa removed him for 46 off 71 balls, while Gareth Dukes (64) shared 50-run partnership for the ninth wicket with captain Solomzi Nqweni (21) to get the Warriors closer than they should have to the win. It was Pillans who ended the cameo by Nqweni to secure victory for his side.
In the only other match of the day, the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras maintained their trademark calm under pressure to claim at 34-run victory over the Chevrolet Knights.
Grant Edmeades scored another century on the third and final day to get the Cape Cobras to a declared 311/4 after they were 235/4 at stumps of the day before. Michael Loubser contributed a noteworthy 62 from 41 to help keep the runs flowing.
In the Knights' reply, PJ Jansen scored 20 before Chad Fortune removed him in the third over. Riyaad Henry followed with the wicket of danger man Andries Gous for seven before Fortune struck again, removing Gerard Abrahams for 38 in the 15th. Curtis Salley (66) shared a 51-run partnership with Bokang Mosena (36) before the latter was trapped lbw by Henry.
Vasili Oros made 71 off 96 while sharing a 50 partnership with Diego Rosier (48) who was bowled by Loubsher, the bowler finished with 3/38 after 10 overs. The Knights were bowled out for 333, failing to make up the Cobras' lead.