Dolphins thrash the Titans
Keshav Maharaj claimed a remarkable, career-best five for 11 off six overs as the Sunfoil Dolphins completed a memorable thrashing of the Nashua Titans on day three of their Sunfoil Series match at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday.
Full Scorecard – Titans v Dolphins
The home side was bowled out for just 69 in their second innings as the visitors romped to a massive 393-run victory.
The Titans were well beaten in all departments by the men from KZN, and Titans coach Matthew Maynard will have plenty to work on for next year as the rout completes a winless series for last year's four-day champions.
After resuming play on an overnight 68 for two, the visitors efficiently went about their task of playing the home side completely out of the game.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld was again a thorn in the side for the Titans, as he combined with Divan van Wyk to put together a 128-run partnership for the third wicket.
Van Jaarsveld top-scored again with a well-made 83 including 11 fours before being caught by De Lange off the bowling of JP de Villiers, while Van Wyk notched up a patient half century before falling for 57, caught behind by Heino Kuhn off Marchant de Lange.
Cody Chetty chipped in with 23 not out, and when skipper Daryn Smit was bowled by Roelof van der Merwe for 33 in the 66th over, the declaration was made at 224 for five an hour before the tea interval.
In response, the Titans in were immediately in trouble, as Mthokozisi Shezi struck twice in the third over to remove Francois le Clus, lbw for a duck, and Jacques Rudolph, caught by Van Jaarsveld for five.
Henry Davids followed in the seventh over, bowled by Kyle Abbott for nine, before Heino Kuhn was trapped lbw by Craig Alexander for eight in the 12th over to leave the home side in dire straits at 44 for four.
Maharaj then trapped Mangaliso Mosehle lbw for two, and Roelof van der Merwe was caught and bowled for five by Alexander on the stroke of tea.
Farhaan Behardien played a lone hand, going to the break unbeaten on 25, but failed to add to his score as Maharaj struck twice in the first over after the break.
Behardien was stumped by keeper Smit, and De Lange was bowled two balls later for a duck by the slow left-armer.
A second stumping followed, that of JP de Villiers for a duck, and fittingly, it was Maharaj who put the Titans out of their misery when he bowled Rowan Richards for nine to end the game in just the 21st over.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld was named Man of the Match for top-scoring in both innings - 101 in the first and 83 in the second.
It was his wonderful century on day one that laid the platform for an imposing first-innings total of 456 all out after Smit won the toss and opted to bat first in warm and humid conditions on Thursday.
Daryn Smit hammered quick-fire 79 off 76 balls with Khayelihle Zondo (51), Imraan Khan (46), Cody Chetty (49), Jon Vandiar (41) and Keshav Maharaj (30) all making contributions.
Roelof van der Merwe and Marchant de Lange picked up 3 for 80 and 3 for 81 respectively, while Rowan Richards chipped in with two for 75 off 20 overs.
In reply, Mthokozisi Shezi took four for 47 as the Titans were all out for just 218 in their first innings, a deficit of 238 runs.
Francois le Clus top-scored with 42, while Maharaj took three for 54 and Imraan Kahn bowled eight overs for a return of two for 21.
Skipper Smit opted not to enforce the follow-on, reaching 68 for two at the close of play on day two, a lead of 306, with the final winning result essentially just a matter of time for the Dolphins from there.
Coach Lance Klusener will be pleased with a third consecutive win for his rapidly improving side, as the 20 points gained from this game places the Dolphins third on the final Sunfoil Series log for the season.
Report Day 1
Report Day 2
NASHUA TITANS: Jacques Rudolph, Francois le Clus, Henry Davids (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Heino Kuhn, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Marchant de Lange, Shaun von Berg, JP de Villiers, Rowan Richards.
SUNFOIL DOLPHINS: Divan van Wyk, Imraan Khan, Jon Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Khayelihle Zondo, Daryn Smit (capt & wk), Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander