Dean Elgar converted his big hundred into a double and shared an entertaining stand with Graeme Van Buuren, before the rain arrived to cut short the final day and confirm Titans’ Sunfoil Series stalemate against the Cape Cobras in Benoni on Sunday. Elgar went into the last day unbeaten on 159, and moved to 208 with a slew of boundaries before he was forced to retire hurt after nearly seven and a half hours at the crease. Just eight more overs were possible thereafter before heavy rain stopped play with The Unlimited Titans on 421/3 – still trailing the Cobras’ first innings total by 63 runs.
The players were unable to return to the field before mid-afternoon, when it was confirmed that the match had been drawn. The result was a disappointment for both sides, with the Titans’ hopes of finishing second now looking unlikely and the Nashua Cape Cobras still stuck in the race for the wooden spoon. The draw always looked to be the likeliest outcome, but there was some entertainment to be had on the final day.
Theunis De Bruyn added just four runs to his overnight total of 56 before he was dismissed by Beuran Hendricks, and after taking two overs to resettle, Elgar and Van Buuren launched spectacularly as they added 86 runs in 10 overs. Elgar’s departure slowed things down again, but Van Buuren was able to end unbeaten on 56 from just 67 deliveries.