| Shamsi breaks long-standing Dale Steyn record to spin Titans to victory

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Tabraiz Shamsi claimed the best-ever innings figures by a Titans bowler on Thursday, breaking Dale Steyn’s record from 12 years ago, to help his team crush the Warriors by eight wickets in their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. 

The Proteas spinner finished with an impeccable 8/32 in 16.2 overs as the hosts were emphatically blown away for 124 on the fourth morning – setting the visitors a meagre target of 63. They got there in nine overs at St George’s Park to move top of Pool B with a second win in as many games. 

Shamsi was the star of the final two days with his career-best return leaving the Warriors in a spin. In the end his figures bettered Steyn’s return of 8/41 for the Titans against the Eagles that were recorded at Bloemfontein way back in 2007/08. 

The home side began the last day on 97/6 after being rocked on the penultimate evening by the spinner as they sought to build on their precarious 35-run lead.   

But they lasted only 8.2 overs as Shamsi grabbed three of the final four wickets in the form of Mthiwekhaya Nabe (6), top-scorer Sinethemba Qeshile (28) and Stefan Tait (0).   

The other wicket was claimed by Lizaad Williams, who ended with one for 48.   

The Titans received a minor scare at the start of the chase when Nabe (2/27) got rid of Dean Elgar for a duck followed by Theunis de Bruyn for 13.   

But Heinrich Klaasen (20*) and Aiden Markram (19*) settled the nerves, before quickly chasing down the runs to seal another big win. 

Scores in brief:


231 (Cloete 66, Williams 4/64) and 124 (Shamsi 8/32)


293 (Klaasen 68, Elgar 66, Makhanya 58, Nabe 3/54, Stuurman 3/88) and 63/2 (Klaasen 20*, Nabe 2/27)

Titans won by 8 wickets

– CSA media

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