Steyn the hero for Titans
Fast bowler Dale Steyn bowled a sensational final over to steer the Nashua Titans into the Standard Bank Pro 20 semi-finals after a 40-run win over the Nashua Dolphins at Willowmoore Park.
The Dolphins needed to reach 153 to deny the Titans a bonus point after the home team scored 191 for four in their rain-reduced 18 overs.
At the start of Steyn’s final over, the Dolphins needed only four runs to reach the 153 target, with former Protea Lance Klusener well set on 37.
But Steyn clean bowled Klusener and then bowled a series of superb dot balls of perfect line, length and pace to Darren Smit to see his side into the last four at the expense of the Gestetner Eagles. The Dolphins scored 151 for nine.
The Titans meet the Lions at the Wanderers on Sunday while the Cape Cobras will host the Warriors in the other semi-final.
After a torrential downpour that delayed the start of the match the Titans, asked to bat bludgeoned the Dolphins bowling to all corners of the park.
Nashua openers Gulam Bodi and Faf du Plessis smashed 130 for the first wicket off only 11.2 overs, that left the Dolphins rueing that the rain had stopped. Bodi scored 70 and Du Plessis 76.
All it rained after that was boundaries. Bodi raced to his half-century off only 24 balls, which included six fours and three sixes.
Du Plessis followed shortly afterwards, taking a pedestrian 28 balls to reach the milestone by comparison. He only had 16 off 16 balls, but scored the next 34 off 12 balls, including three fours and a six off four consecutive Lance Klusener deliveries to reach his half-century.
Both players rode their luck at times with Bodi being dropped twice and Du Plessis once as the Dolphins dropped a total of five catches.
Bodi was the first to fall, run out when he and Du Plessis got into a horrible mix-up. His runs were scored off 38 balls with nine fours and three sixes.
Du Plessis continued to move along swiftly in the company of Albie Morkel, but was eventually succumbed to left-arm seamer Yusuf Abdullah.
Dolphins wicketkeeper Smit took a fine diving catch to send Du Plessis back to the pavilion having faced 43 balls with 10 fours and three sixes.