Knights finish 3rd in Sunfoil Series

VKB Knights skipper, Werner Coetsee, once again led the side with aplomb and contributed with both bat and ball. Coetsee scored 573 runs at an average of 35.81 runs, with a highest score of 149. With the ball he took 23 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 32.04. PHOTO: JOHAN PRETORIUS

The Titans have won the Sunfoil Series following an unlikely 10-run over by the Cape Cobras in Paarl.

The team of Pretoria already won the title on Saturday after dismissing the Cobras for only 125 runs, thanks to a seven-wicket haul by the left-arm seamer, Rowan Richards, for just 40 runs.

The Titans batsman, Heino Kuhn, concluded a remarkable season on a high note with a knock of a 127 runs to become only the sixth batsman to score more than 1000 runs in a season of four-day cricket in South Africa.

Kuhn ended his season with a staggering 1126 runs.

Titans coach, Rob Walter, was of the opinion that the entire team contributed to the team’s success this season.

Meanwhile, the VKB Knights finished third in the tournament after being beaten for a second consecutive week.

The Dolphins hammered the Knights by 118 runs at Kingsmead in Durban, which is most certainly not the way Werner Coetsee and his chargers were looking to end their season.
While the Highveld Lions lost by an innings and 101 runs to the Warriors, they did enough throughout the season to narrowly edge the Knights into second place on standings by just 0.26 points.

Theunis de Bruyn and Marchant de Lange of the Titans will be joining the Knights now, while the Knights seamer, Malusi Siboto, will be heading to the Titans.

The Knights also bid farewell to Reeza Hendricks, who will be heading to the Lions, while seamer Quinton Friend is now retired from first class cricket and Obus Pienaar will be looking to further his career in New Zealand.

Rudi Second of the Knights was the leading wicketkeeper in the series with 52 catches and a single stumping, and with his 53 dismissals far outclassed the second placed Nicky van den Bergh of the Lions, who had 35 dismissals. Seamer, Duane Olivier, who only played in seven matches, took 55 wickets at an average of 16.07. – MORGAN PIEK