It was 20 November, 2015, and our challenge in the Ram Slam T20 competition had started off slowly. By the time we headed to Newlands, to face a WSB Cobras side that included West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard, a win on the road was crucial to keep hopes of a final on track.
Enter Quinton de Kock and Henry Davids, who plundered an opening stand of 127, in a total of 177 for three. De Kock, by then fully recovered from the injury that had hampered his 2015 World Cup, was back to his ferocious best.
De Kock blasted 85 off just 51 balls, while Davids was the calming influence, with 51 off 41 deliveries. Even though the innings didn’t even with the momentum to propel it beyond 200, the total was enough to give the Cobras plenty to think about.
In response, the hosts started surely, with Richard Levi and Andrew Puttick getting past the Powerplay. But, Lungi Ngidi got rid of the former, before the latter was run out by sharp work from Davids, to change the tune of the contest.
The powerful Pollard was all that stood in the way of a crucial victory for the men from Pretoria, as he lifted himself to 44, with two overs left. Chris Morris, a man for the big occasion, trapped him leg-before, and that massive blow was to seal the Cobras’ fate, as they fell nine runs short.
On the back of that win on the road, the Titans rolled into sixth gear, going all the way to the final, where they ultimately defeated the Dolphins wickets, to seal the first half of a double-trophy season.