The Nashua Titans qualified for a home play-off semi-final match against the Chevrolet Knights when they scored a bonus points victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method in their final MiWay T20 Challenge league match at SuperSport Park on Wednesday evening.
The play-off match will be a day game at SuperSport Park on Sunday with the winner qualifying for the Nokia Champions’ League as well as the MiWay T20 Challenge Final against the bizhub Highveld Lions the following Sunday.
The Titans were set a comfortable target of 60 in 11 overs for the win after their opponents had been restricted to 64/6 in 13.1 overs before the weather intervened.
The Titans, however, had to win in 8.4 overs to secure the bonus point that would enable them to finish ahead of the Knights and claim the home ground advantage.
This they achieved with a comfortable 5 balls and 8 wickets in hand.
It was appropriate that Faf du Plessis and Farhaan Behardien should be the men at the crease at the final as they have been outstanding performers for their franchise this season. Behardien has been an outstanding finisher for a number of seasons now and has been unlucky not to receive higher recognition.
The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras finished their campaign as defending champions on a low note when they were well beaten by the Sunfoil Dolphins by 6 wickets in their final league match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.
It is a result that lifts the Dolphins up to fourth place and the Cobras down to fifth. The Dolphins must have been delighted to get on the field for a full match and were left wondering what might have been had they had better luck with the elements.
The Cobras, playing without Richard Levi, were restricted to 120/6. They looked as though they might still be in with a chance when they had the Dolphins 49/4 in reply but David Miller and Daryn Smit then finished the match off with an unbroken partnership of 75 in 10.4 overs.
The match between the New Age Impi and the bizhub Highveld Lions at Sahara Park Willowmoore was washed out after 11 overs with the home side having reached 80/4.
The Lions thus finish with 37 points at the top of the log and the Impi at the bottom with 4.