Dolphins, Titans share the honours

2010-02-04 00:00

THE Nashua Dolphins and the Nashua Titans shared the points after the first match of the Standard Bank Pro20 Series was rained out last night.

Imraan Khan’s charges will be the happier of the two camps as they struggled to get going against a decent Titans attack.

Khan won the toss and eagerly decided to bat.

But the Dolphins were soon under pressure as both openers fell early in the piece.

Khan was first out, skying Ethy Mbhalathi to Heino Kuhn in the second over.

Loots Bosman, rather ominously, was run out for the second time in his last three matches, as a mix-up with Ahmed Amla resulted in a fine direct hit by Roelof van der Merwe at square-leg.

Bosman’s prowess with the blade will struggle to flourish so long as the Proteas slugger keeps forgetting three simple words: Yes, No and Wait.

Not all at once, of course, and though the continued schoolboy antics may not all be his own doing, they’re not amusing for anyone down Kingsmead way.

Dale Benkenstein clubbed two boundaries, but then sliced Albie Morkel to third-man, where Titans skipper Jacques Rudolph held a good catch.

At 44 for three, the home side were in danger of really folding, but Amla found a willing ally in young David Miller.

Miller, just 20 years old, received an early life when Van der Merwe fluffed a catch after the Dolphins’ left-hander had hit Faf du Plessis high into the Durban sky.

Miller soon went about making the Titans pay for their error, as he spanked Du Plessis very long-on for a towering six just three balls later.

Miller clubs the ball with devastating simplicity, and his is a name that will soon be on the lips of the next set of national selectors — should that day ever come round.

Just as Miller and Amla were gaining some momentum, the rain arrived to put a brake on proceedings with the Dolphins on 80 for three after 13 overs.

After about an hour, the players made their way back to the field, with the Dolphins suddenly having just one over to set a target.

But the hovering downpour duly arrived after just three balls, marking the end of a match, with Miller still standing on a brisk 30 off 21 balls, and Amla on a more obdurate 29 off 36 balls.

The Dolphins, clearly behind the eight-ball, will be quietly relieved that the Durban rain did not subside.

It wasn’t the most glorious of starts to a campaign, but they will be hoping to set the record straight when the Warriors visit Kingsmead on Sunday.

Without their party-pack of Proteas, the MTN40 champions are an altogether different pot of jungle juice.

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