Titans triumph in key clash
The Multiply Titans narrowed the gap to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to just one point after completing a 33-run victory by Duckworth-Lewis method over the home team in their key Momentum One-Day Cup match in Durban on Sunday.
Full scorecard: Dolphins v Titans
Chasing down an initial target of 205 in 40 overs, the Dolphins never really came to grips with their challenge after Aiden Markram – despite a rare failure with the bat – picked up the wickets of Morne van Wyk and Cameron Delport in his first two overs after he’d opened the bowling with his off-spin.
The Dolphins’ cause was not helped by a second rain delay during their chase when they lost six overs, meaning they faced a tougher revised target of 189 in 34 overs.
But it was legspinner Shaun von Berg who really put the skids under the home team’s chase, grabbing 4/40 in seven overs in a man-of-the-match performance, including the vital scalp of the Dolphins’ form batsman, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, who holed out to long-on when he had made 19.
Dolphins’ skipper Khaya Zondo briefly shone with 41 off 50 balls while Sarel Erwee (38) and Andile Phehlukwayo (25) offered the home team brief hopes of an unlikely victory, but in the end the visitors won handily.
Apart from the four points for their win, the Titans will also take comfort in the knowledge that they have a game in hand over the current leaders who now have just one match to play against the VKB Knights in Durban on Thursday. The result of that match could decide the final composition of the top three.
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Earlier, the Dolphins won the toss and inserted the Titans in a game that began 90 minutes late because of early rain, with the match reduced to 40 overs a side.
The Titans adapted well to the difficult conditions, reaching an impressive 204/8 in their ration. The visitors, despite having just totalled a record 415/3 in Johannesburg against the Lions, knew that the very slow-paced, uneven Sahara Stadium Kingsmead pitch offered a very different challenge, making batting an attritional affair.
Henry Davids played steadily up front for his 34 in 62 balls, notching his 5000th run in List A cricket in the process. The key partnership, however, came from skipper Albie Morkel and Farhaan Behardien who added 71 in 81 balls for the fifth wicket after the Dolphins had reduced the Titans to 74/4 in the 34th over after Davids was caught and bowled by Robbie Frylinck. Both men showed their experience, grinding out the runs, running well between the wickets and not neglecting to punish the bad ball.
The difficulty of making quick runs was illustrated by the fact that most of the wickets fell when the batsmen became over-aggressive. David Wiese, however, profited off Imran Tahir’s final over, slamming consecutive sixes over long-off and long-on respectively to take the Titans past the 200 mark.
The former Proteas’ allrounder, who holed out off the final ball of the innings, finished with a valuable 37 in 25 balls.
The Dolphins’ attack bowled with good discipline, for the most part, with Prenelan Subrayen impressing with 2/32 off his eight overs. His control, accuracy and varied flight kept all the batsmen honest. Robbie Frylinck and Andile Phehlukwayo also secured two-wicket hauls.
The Dolphins had made two changes to their team, with T20 specialist Delport playing his first match of the competition and Subrayen replacing Senuran Muthusamy. The Titans made one change – an important one as it turned out – with Von Berg coming in for Eldred Hawken.
HOLLYWOODBETS DOLPHINS: Morne van Wyk (wk), Cameron Delport, Sarel Erwee, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo (capt), Sibs Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Robbie Frylinck, Prenelan Subrayen, Rabian Engelbrecht, Imran Tahir
MULTIPLY TITANS: Henry Davids, Aiden Markram, Heino Kuhn (wk), Tony de Zorzi, Farhaan Behardien, Albie Morkel (capt), David Wiese, Shaun von Berg, Junior Dala, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lingi Ngidi