Sport / Cricket

Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
1 minute read
1 Oct 2021
9:15 am

Knights, Titans advance to quarterfinals in T20 Cup

Ken Borland

Rain in Bloemfontein on the final day of action in Pool B washed out the last match.

The Pool B match in the T20 Cup between the Mpumalanga Rhinos and Knights at Mangaung Oval on Thursday was rained out. Picture: Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images

Poor weather meant only one match was possible on the final day of Pool B action in the CSA Provincial T20 Cup in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Fortunately it was the game that decided whether it would be the Titans or the KZN Inland Tuskers who joined the Knights in going through to the quarterfinals.

The Titans were again indebted to Donovan Ferreira for turning an iffy total into something matchwinning as the 23-year-old lashed 43 not out off 24 balls to lift them to 157-7.

The 21-year-old Jandre Pretorius, standing in for injured captain Dean Elgar, opened the batting and scored 40 off 39 balls to allow a solid start.

KZN Inland were then restricted to 133 for seven, with Okuhle Cele (4-0-24-2) and Aaron Phangiso (4-0-19-1) again the stars with the ball after their heroics at the death kept the Titans in the competition on the second day as they defended 70 in seven overs against Mpumalanga.

Corbin Bosch (4-0-25-0) was also very tidy.

The Titans’ composure in the closing overs of both their games against KZN Inland and the Mpumalanga Rhinos made all the difference for them.

Mpumalanga had their game against the unbeaten Free State Knights on Thursday afternoon washed out without a ball being bowled, leaving the Knights and Titans to advance from Pool B.