THE Momentum One-Day Cup served up
its first high-scoring thriller of the season on Friday night, as The Unlimited
Titans held their nerve to beat the bizhub Highveld Lions by a solitary run on
a quick Bidvest Wanderers track.
Having spent their entire innings
slightly behind the required run rate, it was remarkable that the Lions came so
close to achieving a target of 302.
The home side needed 19 off the
final over with Chris Morris and Aaron Phangiso at the crease, yet Phangiso
managed back-to-back fours off Titans all-rounder David Wiese before Morris hit
the penultimate ball of the innings for six.
That left three needed off the last
ball, but a swing and a miss from Morris ensured that the Titans, who lost out
so narrowly to the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras last Friday, came away from this
tight game with the points.
After being inserted by home
captain Stephen Cook, the Titans raced out of the blocks with Henry Davids and
Jacques Rudolph taking 106 runs off the first 13 overs of their innings.
Lonwabo Tsotsobe removed both batsmen
in consecutive overs and two further wickets led to a period of consolidation
for the Titans, before Farhaan Behardien (59) and Wiese (42 from 33 balls)
lifted the rate as the innings moved into the final 10 overs.
However, a sensational spell at the
death by Hardus Viljoen saw him take 4 for 8 in two overs as the Titans were
unexpectedly bowled out for 301 with three balls left unused.
The Lions reply was guided by a
steady knock by Cook (67) up front and an even better one from Rassie van der
Dussen (92) in the middle, but there was always a feeling that too much work
was being left for the end.
With Van der Dussen unable to see
the job through as he mistimed a hook shot, Morris’ fireworks at the end were
not quite enough as the Lions lost their third straight game in the