Momentum One-Day Cup: Warriors annihilated by Titans in the Final at Centurion

BY MARC JACOBSON - APRIL 3, 2017
Momentum One-Day Cup: Warriors annihilated by Titans in the Final at Centurion

The Warriors got slandered by 236 runs in their Momentum One-Day Cup Final against the Titans at Centurion in Pretoria on Friday night.

The Titans elected to bat first and resultantly set a record-breaking highest total of 425/5, paved way by an astonishing 212-run opening partnership between Aidan Markram and Henry Davids.

Markram, with a total 11 fours and seven sixes, showed fine resilience as he peppered the ball all over the park for a sublime score of 161. This after the 22-year-old scored an outstanding 183 against the Lions just under three weeks ago.

The Titans opener smashed his 161 off just 123 balls, and his fine form of recent illuminates as a prospect to be reckoned with, specifically for the Proteas moving forward. Davids also scored a determined 114 in the opening spell, as the two already tasted victory for the Titans before the second innings even commenced.

Scoring runs was also nothing new to Davids after getting tagged the honours of the most runs scored throughout the competition with a total 673, which included three 100s and three 50s.

The opening partnership broke when Davids was taken out on the 30th over, which then saw Heinrich Klassen take the crease to score a considerable 60 runs, before unluckily being ball-to-bowler-hand run out by Anrich Nortje.

Klassen and Markram also heeded a fine partnership of 133 runs between them, and after the pair cracked, the Titans saw two relatively quick dismissals in Farhaan Behardien and Albie Morkel.

Protean Chris Morris then took part in the run-fest on the lower order, as he plundered a 12-ball 47 not out, which included a drubbing of six sixes.

The Warriors’ bowlers were left ashamed on a day where they were comprehensively outplayed in the middle. Then with the bat, the Warriors were already staring down the barrel and about to pull the trigger when they lost their first three wickets in the first five overs, standing on 22/3 and chasing 426 for victory.

At this point, there was no way out for the Warriors after especially losing their top three run scorers so early on (JJ Smuts, Gihahn Cloete and Colin Ingram) and chasing a mammoth total, but Jerry Nqolo (40), Colin Ackermann (39) and Yaseen Vallie (35) had respectful outings with the bat later on.

The Titans managed to eventually get a buckling Warriors all out for 189, with the bowling takes being evenly credited, as Lungi Ngidi, Morris and Junior Dala all taking two wickets apiece. Tabrais Shamsi also bowled well achieving 3/31 figures.

Image: Aidan Markram smashing the Warriors' bowling attack.