Titans hammer Auckland in Champions League
Last Updated: 17/10/12 3:46pm
South Africa's Titans hammered Auckland by 59 runs in their Champions League Twenty20 clash in Durban.
It was the Aces' first defeat in the tournament, and they were outplayed with bat and ball from the moment their captain Gareth Hopkins put the South Africans in.
The Titans got off to a flyer, openers Henry Davids (36 off 23) and Jacques Rudolph (63 off 56) putting on 74 in just over eight overs.
Azhar Mahmood bowled Davids, and Kyle Mills dismissed Martin van Jaarsveld for 13, and Rudolph chipped a catch to Andre Adams at extra cover to make it 133-3.
But Farhaan Behardien smashed a brilliant 48no off 23 balls, taking 21 off the 19th over bowled by Mills, and then dispatching the final ball of the innings from Mahmood for six.
The Titans' total of 172-4 looked above par, but the Aces made a total hash of the reply, with a host of batsmen getting themselves out with terrible shots.
Their in-form top three of Martin Guptill (3) - dismissed on the pull - Lou Vincent (6) and Mahmood (7) mustered just 16 between them.
Kent veteran Mahmood, the player of the tournament to date with bat and ball, edged Alfonso Thomas to slip.
Anaru Kitchen briefly fought back, smacking 23 off 12 balls before pulling to deep midwicket and Colin de Grandhomme became the third man to throw his wicket away trying to pull, this time off Ethy Mbhalati (3-26).
The tail fell away without much of a fight, until the last pair of Nottinghamshire star Adams (30), the No 10, and No 1 1 Michael Bates (13no) got together.
The pair added a Champions League record tenth-wicket stand of 45 to get their team up to 113 and improve their run-rate, which may be important later in the tournament.