Dolphins batting order struggle against Titans’s Harris and Morkel

2011-10-07 00:00

TITANS spin bowler Paul Harris showed glimpses of why he was once considered the country’s best spin bowler when he took 5/37 on yesterday’s opening day of the SuperSport Series match against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

On a pitch that was seemingly full of runs and offered little assistance to bowlers, Harris bowled a line and length that frustrated the majority of the Dolphins’ batting lineup.

Dolphins opening batsman Divan Van Wyk initially set the tone for a good first innings total under clear skies.

The Dolphins had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Van Wyk and captain Imraan Khan both looked to set a solid foundation, playing a patient innings before Khan was bowled by Protea fast bowler Morné Morkel for just nine runs.

This brought Hashim Amla to the wicket, and looked to be full of runs after his superb double century against the Lions last week.

But some inspired bowling from CJ de Villiers saw Amla struck on the pads in front of his wickets and he was controversially given out leg before wicket, despite an audible double sound as ball struck pad.

The Titans introduced their spinners into the attack relatively early in the innings, with Harris making life for the batsman difficult.

This forced Van Wyk and Ahmed Amla to attack the pace bowlers operating from the other end. Van Wyk stabilised the innings, hooking and driving the ball with relative ease, but the spinner was his downfall when he was caught behind off the bowling of Harris five runs short of his half-century.

This brought Pietermaritzburg’s Glen Addicott, who is playing in place of the suspended Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, to the wicket.

The Dolphins went to lunch on 92/3 and looked to be struggling to come to terms with Morkel’s pace at one end and the miserly Harris at the other.

Addicott continued to struggle and was caught in the gully off the bowling of Morkel in the third over after lunch.

Harris bowled Ahmed Amla soon thereafter, which left the Dolphins on 99/5.

David Miller and Daryn Smit looked to rebuild the innings and things were going to plan until Harris pitched a ball up to Miller, who was superbly caught at short extra cover by Shaun von Berg.

Daryn Smit and Kyle Abbott then built a useful partnership, taking the home side to 168/6 at tea.

Abbott batted well for his 38 before Harris again pitched the ball up and found Abbott heaving a ball straight at the mid-off fielder.

Smit then pushed on to score his half-century, but wasn’t done yet.

Although the Titans took the new ball, Smit responded with a series of boundaries.

Harris had the last say when he frustrated tailender Keshav Maharaj for most of an over before Maharaj skied a ball to hand Harris his fifth wicket.

Morkel caught Dane Paterson in front of the wickets to leave the Dolphins on 243 all out.

The Titans came out to face six overs and ended the day on 20 without loss.

Scorecard

Dolphins first innings

I Khan b Morkel 9

D van Wyk c Kuhn b Harris45

H Amla lbw De Villiers 14

A Alma b Harris 27

G Addicott c Von Berg b Morkel 3

D Miller c Von Berg b Harris 10

D Smit not out 77

K Abbott c Von Berg b Harris 38

R Frylinck c Rudolph b Von Berg 11

K Maharaj c Rudolph b Harris 4

D Paterson lbw Morkel 0

Extras (3b, 1lb, 1nb) 5

Total (all out, 87.5 overs) 243

Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-54, 3-86, 4-97, 5-99, 6-118, 7-197, 8-214, 9-242, 10-243

Bowling: Morkel 17.5-4-56-3, Mbhalati 8-1-35-0 (1nb), De Villiers 12-3-42-1, Harris 26-8-37-5, Davids 2-0-13-0, Von Berg 17-3-44-1, Behardien 5-1-12-0

Titans first innings

T Bodibe not out3

J Rudolph not out 16

Extras (1b) 1

Total (0 wickets, six overs) 20

Bowling: Abbott 3-1-6-0, Frylinck 3-1-13-0

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