Telemachus steers Eagles to victory

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Roger Telemachus had starred with the ball; and then it was up to him to get the Gestetner Eagles to victory with the bat as they beat the Nashua Titans by six wickets.

Roger Telemachus had starred with the ball; and then it was up to him to get the Gestetner Eagles to victory with the bat as they beat the Nashua Titans by six wickets in their Standard Bank Pro20 match in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Telemachus, making a move into the top-order after his pyrotechnic display last week against the Eastern Cape Warriors, rushed the Eagles to victory with eight balls to spare after openers Morne van Wyk and Jonathan Beukes had edged the Eagles to 75 without loss after 14 overs.

The big pace bowler came in with the home side needing 49 runs off the last five overs, and he swung into action with acrobatic gusto, belting 24 off 10 balls to take the Eagles to their second successive victory.

Telemachus watched the Titans take three wickets in 19 balls to give themselves an unlikely sniff of victory, with their comeback engineered by the slower bowlers - Pierre de Bruyn and Aaron Phangiso.

Beukes was stumped by AB de Villiers off Phangiso for a dogged 27, but Loots Bosman came in and blazed 11 quick runs before he holed out off De Bruyn.

Van Wyk was run out for a 56-ball 38 when a straight hit by Telemachus was superbly intercepted by bowler Brendon Reddy, but Telemachus was able to rush the home team to victory with his rousing innings.

The Titans were unable to convert a promising second-wicket stand into a big total as they were restricted to 128 for eight.

AB de Villiers (33) and Martin van Jaarsveld (28) added 64 off 50 balls for the second wicket, but were both dismissed within seven balls of each other and the Titans paid the penalty as they then lost six more wickets for the addition of just 60 runs.

Gerald Dros was the one other batsman to try and get the innings back on track, but some daft batting by the lower-order meant he did not get enough of the strike and he finished on 24 not out, facing just 26 balls although he came in at the start of the 11th over.

The Eagles bowlers used a flat and not particularly pacy Goodyear Park pitch to perfection and seamers Dillon du Preez, Roger Telemachus and Ryan McLaren were able to celebrate two wickets apiece.

The Titans paid a heavy price for losing three wickets in three balls in the 19th over, with Du Preez responding to his call-up as a super-sub with wickets with his first two deliveries.

After Pierre de Bruyn (5) was bowled and Brendon Reddy prodded a low return catch off the next delivery, the Eagles were able to celebrate a team hat-trick as Aaron Phangiso was run out first ball. Du Preez had actually struck him on the pads, but just outside the line, but in the midst of the impassioned appeal Phangiso wandered down the pitch in search of a single and was run out by Jonathan Beukes's throw from slip.

De Villiers had four typically uncomplicated boundaries in his run-a-ball 33, while Van Jaarsveld's 28 came off 24 deliveries, and they presented their team-mates with a solid platform.

But a fine catch by Beukes running round from long-on accounted for De Villiers off McLaren and Telemachus then had Van Jaarsveld caught at cover before he skidded a delivery through Albie Morkel's defences.

Although they conceded 12 wides, half of them due to poor wicketkeeping by Morne van Wyk as balls slightly down leg went for byes, the Eagles bowled impressively. Telemachus was the pick with two for 21 in his four overs, while McLaren also took two for 21 and Du Preez's dramatic over brought him two for two.
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