Marchant De Lange put in his most convincing display since returning from injury to bowl the Titans to a 152-run Sunfoil Series victory over the Knights in Bloemfontein on Sunday. De Lange picked up five wickets on the final day to record figures of 6/108 as the Chevrolet Knights were bowled out for 396 in their chase of an unlikely 549. Pite Van Biljon’s century and 68 from Obus Pienaar helped the Knights put up the highest score of the match in the fourth innings, but in the end they paid for a poor start to the game, which was in some respects understandable given how little time they had to switch formats after reaching the Ram Slam T20 Final last Friday.
The hosts went into the final day on 180 for three with Rudi Second and Van Biljon entrenched on 76 and 73 respectively, but De Lange removed Second (80) in the third over of the day to make the crucial breakthrough. Van Biljon went on to his eight first-class century and shared a 68-run stand with Pienaar to keep The Unlimited Titans honest, before falling to the leg-spin of Shaun Von Berg for 113. Pienaar was joined by Werner Coetsee for another lengthy partnership that ate up 19 overs and brought 68 runs, but the second new ball did the trick as Rowan Richards dismissed Pienaar to grab his third wicket of the innings and eighth of the match.
De Lange went on to strike three times in three overs as the Knights finally folded, and impressively took only a brief break that incorporated a change of ends in the course of sending down 10 overs after the new ball was taken. The Titans now lie second on the table after picking up 19.32 points from their second win of the competition, while the Knights are third after earning 5.7.