Quinton Friend and Reeza Hendricks made an immediate impact on their return to the Knights as they consigned the Titans to a fourth defeat in the Ram Slam T20 on Friday. Friend recorded of figures of 1/15 from four overs as he gained selection for his first game of the competition, before Hendricks struck 76 not out from 48 balls to see the Knights to a target of 136 in just 16.2 overs. The result at Chevrolet Park ensured that the Knights kept pace with the front runners in the competition, while the Titans are still without a point and must now win all six of their remaining games.
The Knights’ victory also owed plenty to their effort in the field, as they effected three run-outs – two of them at crucial junctures. Henry Davids responded to losing the extra burden of captaincy by stroking 45 at the top of the order, sharing in a 70-run opening stand with Theunis De Bruyn (38), but was run out with The Unlimited Titans well set on 94 for one in the 14th over. Dean Elgar suffered the same fate after he had done the hard work in moving to 23, while De Bruyn was bowled by Friend.
The loss of five wickets in the last seven overs meant that there was no late surge as they finished on 135/6. The Knights top order has been in terrific form, and although Gerhardt Abrahams fell to David Wiese for 12, Hendricks put on 93 for the second wicket with Rudi Second (38). After Second was bowled with the target in sight, Andre Russell accompanied Hendricks to an eight-wicket victory in which the only minor disappointment was the absence of a bonus point.