Rain again stops Dolphins' game

2011-11-24 00:00

THE One Day Cup match between the Dolphins and the Titans at Kingsmead was affected by rain last night.

This made it the fourth consecutive match in KwaZulu-Natal to be affected as such.

The rain started to fall with one ball left in the 18th over and at 97/2, the Dolphins needed to face seven balls to constitute a match.

Had that occurred, the Dolphins would have won the game as they were ahead of the Duckworth Lewis winning score of 83/2.

Earlier in the day, the Titans won the toss and elected to bat. They got off to a solid start with both Henry Davids (46) and Jacques Rudolph (64) amongst the runs before they were caught in the deep playing loose shots.

Coach Graham Ford said earlier in the week that pressure bowling would be key to winning this match, but this was not the case as the Dolphins bowled too many loose deliveries.

Martin van Jaarsveld made a useful 24 off 43 balls before he too was caught at mid wicket.

Danger man Faf du Plessies made the last meaningful contribution of the Titans innings. He scored boundaries freely while making 42 runs off 65 balls.

In addition to some loose bowling, the sharp fielding that has been a feature of the Dolphins game this season was not a feature in this match. Khaya Zondo had an opportunity to catch Van Jaarsveld when he only scored two runs but he dropped the ball running in off the boundary.

It was not the only dropped catch of the evening as catches were regularly dropped at mid wicket and in the covers.

The pitch favoured the balls coming onto the bat and the slow bowlers took the majority of the wickets. Cameron Delport was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/42 while captain Imraan Khan took 2/25.

The Dolphins needed 253 to win the game. Khan and Zondo made a good start before Zondo was caught in the slips for 11.

Divan van Wyk and Khan did well to rebuild the innings when the pair scored 50 runs off 60 balls.

Pace bowler Merchant de Lange bowled erratically but was effective when he trapped Van Wyk (25) lbw making him his second wicket.

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