Titans and Lions Remain Unbeaten at Franchise Academy Week
Thomas Mashiane and Andrew Rasemene starred for the Multiply Titans and bizhub Highveld Lions respectively to help the two teams remain unbeaten after the second day of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Academy Week in Oudtshoorn on Tuesday.
There was also a first win for the VKB Knights thanks to an unbeaten half century from Siphamandla Mavanda – one of two on the day – against the winless World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.
The star of the week, however, has been Mashiane, who followed up his sensational seven for 13 against the Warriors on day one, by grabbing three for 21 in seven overs to help bowl the Titans to a massive 80-run win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at the Recreational Ground.
After losing the toss and being put in to bat, the Centurion-based franchise were restricted to 182 for nine in their 50 overs.
Christopher Britz top-scored with 45, while Modiri Litheko managed 41 for the Titans.
Mashiane then turned it up with the ball and received excellent support from Donovan Ferreira, who returned three for 24 in 10 overs, and Olebogeng Buffel’s (2/17) double as the Dolphins struggled.
Matthew Pollard (29) was the only player to get to his 20s – the Titans shooting out their KwaZulu-Natal opponents in only 35 overs.
The Lions followed their day one triumph over the Cobras by overcoming the Warriors with a 35-run win.
After winning the toss and batting at Bridgton Sports Ground A, the Johannesburg-based side were bowled out for 204 in the final over.
Cole Abrahams (46) and Phumzile Majaja (40) were the two players to get to their 40s, with Laduma Tshaka (3/50) picking up a three-for for the Eastern Cape franchise.
But Rasemene nabbed three for 18 in 7.4 overs, leading a strong bowling display for the Lions.
There was one big positive for the winless Warriors via an unbeaten 50 (113 balls, 2 fours) from Tristan Stubbs, but it proved to be a mere consolation as his side was dismissed in 46.4 overs.
Finally, the Knights claimed their first win of the week thanks to a thrilling 91 not out (85 balls, 11 fours, 3 sixes) from Mavanda at the Bridgton Sports Ground.
The Cobras batted first after winning the toss but were bundled out for 164.
Marno Veldie van Greuning (4/24) and Jonathan Draai (3/23) ran riot by sharing seven of the wickets to fall and there was even one for Mvanda (1/19) – the Cape side sent packing in 47.4 overs.
Mvanda then cut loose to help the Central Franchise chase down their target in 38 overs to win by six wickets. Nathan Roux offered good support with 30.
Day three of the CSA Franchise Academy Week continued on Wednesday. To follow the live action from Oudtshoorn, visit http://www.websports.co.za.
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