South Western District won the toss and elected to bowl first. Being the only Division Two team still left in the tournament, they started the game with passion, led by Herschell America, who has also taken the most wickets in the tournament.
America started the match by dismissing opener Neil Brad before his teammates collaborated in the powerplay to restrict the Titans to 44/2. Neil Brad, a right-arm seamer, made it back to the match in the 11th over with quick succession strikes to send Dayyaan Galiem and De Bruyn to the cleaners, earning his 9th and 10th scalps in the tournament.
Things did not go well for South Western District at the Kimberly stadium after being overpowered by the Titans to miss a spot in the first semi-final in the T20 knock-out competition. The Titan bowlers upped their game to restrict their opponents to an unattainable target to get a smooth win. The Titans clinched the victory with a 54-run margin, and all accolades go to the unbeatable middle-order batsman, the 23-year old Donovan Ferreira. He scored his first half-century in a T20 match.
Ferreira slammed the SWD bowlers to score four fours and three sixes. He made an unbeaten 55 runs off 29 balls, pushing his team score from a modest 86/4 to a high of 192/5 in the 20th over. Batsman Theunis de Bruyn seemingly had a good return, and his display with the bat was impressive, giving Ferreira a platform to take charge in the innings. His crucial knock earned him 48 runs from 33 deliveries.
Lingering at 86/4, the Titans’ only hope was the middle to lower order to put their innings back on track, and luckily, they managed to pull it off. Sibonelo Makhanya and Ferreira’s partnership saw them rack up 56 runs for the fifth wicket. Equally, Ayabulela Gquamane collaborated with Ferreira to make 50 runs in 3.1 overs, pushing the Titans to an impressive final score.
Chasing a big target of 192, the SWD batsmen started enthusiastically at the crease. Less du Plooy, returning from his adventures abroad, took on a crucial role for his team, earning his 9th half-century in his T20 career. Du Plooy magnificently posted nine boundaries, including a six, on his way to 55 runs off 33 balls in their 82-run score while partnering with Hanno Kotze. This meant that the Titans had to worry about their stand with 11 overs left and the team needing only 112 runs to win.
However, this could not hold for long when the captain Aaron Phanguso led from the front to deliver an outstanding bowling performance. The veteran spinner dismissed Kotze in the 9th over in just two balls. He dismissed Jean Du Plessis in the next ball, forcing Du Plooy to lose his wicket as well in an attempt to score quick runs, leaving SWD at 85/3.
Even with Jhedli van Briesies and Heath Richards making useful contributions, SWD managed to score only 138 in 20 overs to conclude their campaign in the T20 Championship.