All but over for Titans

2014-12-30 00:00

THE Dolphins have all but wrapped up their four-day series clash against the ­Titans at Kingsmead, heading into today’s final day needing just three wickets to wrap up an innings win. At stumps, the visitors were 175-7 in their second innings, having been asked to follow on, still 125 runs ­behind.

It was a brilliant day for the home side that saw them take 14 wickets in the three two-and-a-half-hour sessions, the platform laid in the morning when they claimed five wickets for 91 runs as the ­Titans resumed their first knock on 107-3 in pursuit of 508 set by the Dolphins.

Kyle Abbott soon picked up Van der Merwe, bowling him for 11 and he claimed his third scalp when Mangaliso Mosehle (1) was snapped up behind the wicket by Dolphins skipper and keeper Morné van Wyk. At 125-5, Behardien was left to fight a lone battle, which he did with determination as wickets fell around him.

David Wiese (0) and Shaun von Berg (6) added to the Titans’ woes and Behardien, with a stubborn Marchant de Lange, frustrated the Dolphins as lunch approached. Behardien moved into the nineties and looked set for his eighth first class century when he top-edged a short ball from Craig Alexander to be caught by Keeshav Maharaj at fine leg for 96 from 156 balls, with 12 boundaries and a six. With De Lange (13), he added 48 for the eighth wicket as the Titans headed for lunch on 198-8, just over 300 runs shy of the Dolphins effort.

After the break only 10 runs were added before the Titans’ innings was wrapped up for 208 in 75.5 overs, exactly 300 behind the Dolphins. Abbott finished with 3-45, Alexander 3-66 and Maharaj’s spin was rewarded with 2-28.

“We reckoned if we wrapped up the ­Titans innings within 30 minutes of lunch, we would ask them to follow on and that’s what happened,” said Abbott.

“As we went out to bowl a second time, I said to the bowlers if we had them three down at the close, we would finish it off and here we are more than happy with ­seven wickets in the bag and all their major batsmen gone. I am happy to see De Lange at the wicket.”

After the heavy roller had done some work on a pitch still offering good carry and bounce, the Titans began their second knock. Heino Kuhn (11) and Henry Davids (6) came and went and at 28-2, the Dolphins smelled blood. Behardien (20) and De Bruyn added 53 for the third wicket before Behardien succumbed to Maharaj as he came down the pitch and was stumped.

De Bruyn (77) played with maturity and responsibility before he nibbled at a delivery down the leg-side from Ryan McLaren, getting a touch for keeper Van Wyk to accept. His runs came from 119 balls with nine fours and three sixes. Besides the partnership with Behardien, De Bruyn shared in a 44-run fourth wicket stand with Van der Merwe, who was dismissed in the last half-hour of play for 43, snaffled by David Miller at second slip off Abbott.

Alexander accounted for a battling Mosehle (8) and the Titans’ ship was on the rocks at 168-6, still 132 runs behind. Just before the 5.30 pm close, Von Berg (2) was well caught by Andile Phehlukwayo at backward point off Alexander and the match was as good as won. Abbott, Alexander and Maharaj each have two wickets.

Play starts at 9 am today but it shouldn’t take long for the Dolphins to bag the win and begin their assault on the ­four-day log.


Dolphins first innings 508/8 declared

Titans first innings (o/night 107/3)

T de Bruyn c Miller b McLaren30

H Kuhn c van Wyk b Abbott26

H Davids c van Wyk b Alexander11

F Behardien c Maharaj b Alexander96

R van der Merwe b Abbott11

M Mosehle c van Wyk b Abbott1

D Wiese c Maharaj b Alexander0

S von Berg c McLaren b Maharaj6

M de Lange run out (Phehlukwayo)13

C Dala lbw b Maharaj0

R Richards not out0

Extras: (b1, lb1, w4, nb8)14

TOTAL: (all out, 75.5 overs)208

Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-68, 3-83, 4-117, 5-125, 6-130-, 7-149, 8-197, 9-208, 10-208

Bowling: Abbott 16.5-4-45-3 (3nb), Alexander 21-5-66-3 (1nb, 1w), McLaren 12-0-41-1 (1nb, 3w), Maharaj 20-5-28-2, Phehlukwayo 6-0-26-0 (1nb)

Titans second innings

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 not out5

S von Berg c Phehlukwayo b Alexander2

M de Lange not out2

Extras: (w1)1

TOTAL: (7 wickets, 55 overs)175

Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-28, 3-81, 4-125, 5-166, 6-168, 7-172 Abbott 13-2-26-2, Alexander 11-2-48-2 (1w), McLaren 11-3-41-1, Maharaj 18-4-55-2, Phehlukwayo 2-0-5-0.

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