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Shamsi the big star as Titans, Rocks advance to the final of the T20 Challenge

A hat-trick from Tabraiz Shamsi helped the Titans to the final of the CSA T20 Challenge when they defeated the Dolphins by six wickets in the first semi-final at St George’s Park in Gqeberha on Friday.

Shamsi played with the ball and claimed figures of 3/15, while his hat-trick reduced the Dolphins to 27/6 in a phase where they limped to 93/8 in their innings before the Titans, led by Dewald Brevis’ 38, reacted with 94/4 in just over 14 overs for an easy win.

The Titans will face the Paarl Rocks in the final on Sunday.

The toss seemed to play a big part in the Titans’ performance as their sailors dominated early game in cloudy conditions.

Junior Dala pitched Proteas Test star Keegan Petersen for just three and had Grant Roelofsen (6) caught down the leg, while Lizaad Williams took the big wicket from David Miller for a third baled duck as the Dolphins stumbled to 11/3.

Shamsi then took center stage when he caught Ruan de Swardt (10) at long range, Bryce Parsons cut through for a first pitch duck, then threw Andile Phehlukwayo (1) with a great googly to lead the Dolphins’ innings to leave fragments.

Khaya Zondo (33) and Eathan Bosch (12) tried to breathe new life into the innings, but both fell late to Aya Gqamane, while Prenelan Subrayen (13no) and Kerwin Mungroo (9no) avoided being bowled out.

Gqamane, 2/20, Dala, 2/21 and Williams, 1/13, all impressed in an all round bowling performance.

The Titans’ chase then ran into a few issues as Mungroo, 3/21, tried to sniff the dolphins, but it turned out to be an easy chase in the end.

Quinton de Kock was bowled clean by a Mungroo in-swinger, while Theunis de Bruyn (18) knocked him straight to Miller halfway through as they went early to 19/2.

But Brevis and Heinrich Klaasen (10) then got nervous before they both fell, leaving it to Sibonelo Makhanya (18no) and Donovan Ferreira (8no) to help them home.

In the second semi-final, the Paarl Rocks chased 118, seeded by Western Province, to win by seven wickets and reach the final. Ziyaad Abrahams, with four for 34 and Pieter Malan with 57, were the big stars of the Rocks’ day.

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