It was another excellent weekend of Mzansi Super League action, with some more standout performances by Momentum Multiply Titans players in various teams.
On Saturday, at the Bullring the out of sorts Jozi Stars were hoping to get their ship back on track, but they hadn’t reckoned with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants blowing them away.
Seasoned spinner Imran Tahir again showed his class, with three scalps, but it was Junior Dala who stole the headlines.
The Titans tearaway returned figures of three for 19, and also produced the moment of the weekend. Having been bludgeoned for six by Chris Gayle, Dala responded by making a complete mess of the veteran’s stumps, castling him with a yorker from the top drawer.
The Dala spell also included the wicket of Jozi captain and top-scorer Temba Bavuma, as the Giants charged to a bonus-point victory.
In Paarl , on Sunday, it was the turn of the Spartans to show their ability under pressure.
Having been set a stiff target of 186 to win, the Titans-laden line-up knew they would have to dig deep against a very good Paarl Rocks team.
Cue Dean Elgar, whose 88 not out from 60 balls was just the ticket. Elgar paced his knock superbly, and showed the innovation and temperament that the situation demanded.
It was a career-best for Elgar, but there was enough there to show that the Spartans have the perfect to at the top of the innings.
He needed help at the end, and Titans and Proteas wicket-keeper Heinrich Klaasen was brutal at the death, clubbing 31 off 13 balls.
That was the Spartans home in the most clinical of fashion, and ensured that they remain highly involved in the race for the play-offs