Dolphins fall short again in Ram Slam

2014-11-27 00:00

QAASIM Adams struck a controlled half-century to lead the Titans to a 19-run win over the Dolphins in their Ram Slam T20 Challenge match at Willowmoore Park in Benoni ­yesterday.

Adams scored a career-best 76 as the Titans posted a formidable 176-7 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

The Dolphins could only muster 151-8 in reply with legspinner Shaun von Berg picking up 2-33, seamer Darren Sammy 2-29 and David Wiese 2-32.

The win saw the Titans move to 11 points and fifth place on the log, just one point behind the Dolphins.

The left-handed Adams brought up his second 50 of the season, off 42 balls, with a four off the bowling of left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj with his entire innings using up just 53 deliveries with nine fours and two sixes.

Adams scored all around the wicket and he shared in two sizable partnerships, with Henry Davids and Heinrich Klaasen (19), to help rescue the Titans after the hosts had slipped to 17-2 inside four overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Theunis de Bruyn (1) was caught behind by keeper Morne van Wyk off the bowling of paceman Craig Alexander before seamer Robbie Frylinck bowled Graeme van Buuren (1) with the delivery that just nipped back at the right-handed batsman.

Davids and Adams then steadied the innings with a bright 48-run third-wicket.

Davids was out for 32 off 31 balls with three fours and a six before Adams and Klaasen added 56 runs off 6.1 overs for the fourth wicket.

The Dolphins endured a rocky start to their innings as Van Wyk (7) was caught at backward point off a delivery from paceman Junior Dala before Jonathan Vandiar (3) slapped a delivery from Wiese to Von Berg in the covers as the Dolphins crashed to 12-2.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Cody ­Chetty (28) tried their best to get the Dolphins back in to contention with a 55-run third-wicket stand before Van ­Jaarsveld, who scored a run-a-ball 32, was caught at long-on off a delivery from debutant seamer Sammy Mofokeng.

Bravo and Khaya Zondo (25) added 49 runs for the sixth wicket with Bravo ­blazing his way to 34 off a mere 18 balls but his entertaining innings was cut short when Bravo top-edged a delivery from Sammy to Dala at short fine leg to end any meaningful resistance from the Dolphins.

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