Dolphins rout Titans in four-day series clash

2014-12-31 00:00

IT took an hour on the final day for the Dolphins to wrap up a comprehensive innings and 54-run win against the Titans in their four-day series clash at Kingsmead yesterday, with Kyle Abbott finishing off proceedings in picking up the three wickets needed for the rout.

Having followed on soon after lunch on day three with a 300-run deficit, the Titans started the final day on 175-7, still 125 runs off the mark. They managed to add a further 71 runs in an entertaining hour, finishing their second innings on 246, as the heavy grey clouds allowed the Dolphins time to finish their business.

The only hope for the Titans was David Wiese who resumed batting with Marchant de Lange. Not holding back, Wiese attacked anything short and wide, racing to 32 from 41 balls before Abbott dug one in short for Dolphins debutant Daniel Sincuba to gobble up a catch at short leg. With De Lange (33*), Wiese added 34 for the eighth wicket and his departure signalled the end.

Abbott, bowling an unbroken spell from the city end, was slightly loose on occasion, but he dug in to find the three balls needed to do the job. He accounted for Junior Dala (6) with another lifter, which was fended to Imraan Khan running back from third slip to complete the catch, and delivered the final blow when Rowan Richards (3) touched one to keeper Morne van Wyk.

Abbott finished with 5-49 in 19.5 overs for match figures of 8-94 after his 3-45 from 16.5 overs in the first innings. It was a tireless effort in hot conditions and he was deservedly named man of the match.

“It was hard work out there as we were in the field from midway through day two. That’s close to 150 overs and today [Tuesday] I was a bit flat to start with, but started feeling better the more I bowled and started to sweat,” said Abbott. “The support from the team in the field was fantastic and our seamers definitely bowled a fuller line compared to them, who were short or delivered half-volleys most of the time.”

Dolphins captain Van Wyk was proud of the team’s effort in all departments and dedicated the win to outgoing Dolphins CEO Jesse Chellan. “This is a fitting way to pay tribute to Jesse and the work he has done for the Dolphins in the past five years,” said Van Wyk.

Van Wyk acknowledged this was a typically tough four-day match and singled out his bowlers for their effort and discipline. “Day one for the batsmen was also tough and the fifties and sixties some of them scored were worth hundreds. Ryan’s [McLaren] century was the icing on the cake and then the bowlers stepped up, hitting far better areas than the Titans achieved,” he said.

“Keshav [Maharaj], our spinner, did a great job in tying up loose ends and taking wickets, something the Titans lacked. We wanted to win this match as opposed to needing to win and it gives us a strong base to launch from for our next two matches, away clashes against the Warriors in East London and the Knights in Kimberley.”

The Dolphins amassed a handy 19,68 points from the match and the Titans a miserly 4,16. Abbott summed it up best saying: “We always seem to have the edge on the Titans in the end-of-year match here at Kingsmead … Maybe they party too hard at Christmas.”

Dolphins’ upcoming four-day fixtures

8-11 January v Warriors, East London

15-18 January v Knights, Kimberley

SCOREBOARD

Dolphins first innings 508/8 declared

Titans first innings 208

Titans second innings (f/o, 175/7 o/n)

T de Bruyn c van Wyk b McLaren77

H Kuhn c Alexander b Abbott11

H Davids c Miller b Maharaj6

F Behardien st van Wyk b Maharaj20

R van der Merwe c Miller b Abbott43

M Mosehle c van Wyk b Alexander8

D Wiese c Sincuba b Abbott32

S von Berg c Phehlukwayo b Alexander2

M de Lange not out33

C Dala c Khan b Abbott6

R Richards c van Wyk b Abbott3

Extras: (lb4, w1)5

TOTAL: (all out, 68.5 overs)246

Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-28, 3-81, 4-125, 5-166, 6-168, 7-172, 8-206, -220, 10-246

Abbott 19.5-4-49-5, Alexander 13-2-61-2 (1w), McLaren 11-3-41-1, Maharaj 23-4-86-2, Phehlukwayo 2-0-5-0

Result: Dolphins won by an innings and 54 runs.

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