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Behardien's 15-ball 55
takes Titans into final
In a top-of-the-table, rain-af-
fected clash, Titans secured their
place in the final with a narrow
win over Warriors, who will host
Lions in the qualifier. The match
was reduced to five overs a side and
Titans prevailed thanks to Farhaan
Behardien's 55 not out off 15 balls -
including a fifty from 14, the fastest
in the competition's history.
Titans lost their openers Jonathan
Vandiar and Heino Kuhn in the first
seven balls but Behardien stole the
show after that. He struck four fours and
five sixes in an explosive knock, during
which no bowler was spared. Jon-Jon
Smuts' solitary over cost 24, Sisanda
Magala's 27 and Kyle Abbott - playing
his first game for his new franchise -
was hit for 18. Behardien's 50 came off
14 balls and he put on 73 runs for the
third wicket with Heinrich Klaasen -
who scored 17 off nine balls - to take
Titans to a competitive five-over total.
Warriors appeared up for it in the re-
ply and racked up 19 runs off the first
over and 29 off the first ten balls. Smuts
was dismissed after that but Colin In-
gram and Christiaan Jonker kept up with
the rate. Warriors were 53 for 1 after thee
overs, needing 28 off the last two.
David Wiese conceded no boundaries
in his over and dismissed Ingram to leave
Warriors needing 22 of the final over.
Malusi Siboto conceded just five runs
off the first four balls to put the game
beyond Warriors and Jonker's 10 runs
off the last two balls were in vain.
Lions booked their spot in Tuesday's
qualifier with a slender victory over Co-
bras - bolstered by the return of several
international batsmen - on a scorching
afternoon in Paarl. Legspinner Eddie
Leie's four wicket haul was crucial in
the Lions' defence of 139.
Asked to bat first, Lions started well
after openers Rassie van der Dussen and
Reeza Hendricks put on 45 inside six
overs. The loss of Hendricks and Dwaine
Pretorius in successive overs pegged
Lions back, but a 61-run third-wicket
stand between van der Dussen, who
scored the innings' only half-century,
and Mangaliso Mosehle, set Lions up
well at 109 for 3 in the 14th over.
But Wayne Parnell and Tshepo Moreki
carved their way through Lions' mid-
dle-order and took 6 for 48 between
them to leave Lions with a below-par
total of 139 for 8. Of the Lions' last six
batsmen to visit the crease, only Temba
Bavuma managed double figures.
Cobras would have been confident of
chasing down the total, especially with
Hashim Amla and JP Duminy back in
their XI, but they were the first two
batsmen to be dismissed - Amla for 15
and Duminy for 3, both falling to Dwaine
Pretorius - to leave Cobras needing con-
tributions from their domestic regulars.
Richard Levi stood man alone for the
first half of the reply and plundered 41
runs off 33 balls but the rest were out-
spun by Leie and Bjorn Fortuin - they
lost their last seven wickets for 47 runs
and only Kieron Pollards' run-a-ball 18
looked like it could do any damage.
The win put Lions one point ahead of
the Cobras and put them through to the
qualifiers, where they will face Warriors
on Tuesday, with the winner taking on
Titans in Friday's final. (ESPNcricinfo)
brings Christmas cheer
Despite the inclement weath-
er on Saturday, Badree's Acad-
emy of Sport Education (BASE)
managed to pull off a fun day
of activities for the children
involved in his programme.
The management of BASE had
planned several activities to cel-
ebrate the Christmas season but
rain had threatened to put a damp-
er on the day.
However, because of the ingenu-
ity of the coaches and staff, BASE
was able to put together several fun
activities for the children at Pow-
ergen Clubhouse in Syne Village,
Brendon Ramlal, head coach of
one of the groups, noted that they
had a contingency plan to deal with
the inclement weather and was
really happy with the attendance.
"The children were able to par-
ticipate in several fun activities
and were really excited and en-
thused to be part of this special
day. In addition to the activities,
the children were treated with
snowcone, popcorn, hot dogs
and other refreshments as we
celebrated the festive season,"
The children were all reminded
of the reason for the season and
the need to spread love and joy to
others as they go about their daily
BASE thanked all who con-
tributed to making the day an
overwhelming success including
parents, coaches, children and
Classes for BASE resumes Satur-
day and would run until December
21 before closing for Christmas.
West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree, left, seems to be teaching Kung Fu Panda how to bowl on Saturday at
Badree's Academy of Sport Education (BASE) fun day of activities for the children involved in his programme.
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