Dolphins lose by 58 runs to Titans in Cup semi-final

2015-02-11 00:00

AS has happened too frequently in the past, the Dolphins couldn’t find the gas to rise to the occasion in the play-off of the One-Day Cup competition against the Titans at Kingsmead last night.

Having beaten the same opposition on Sunday, fortunes were completely reversed this time around as the Dolphins went down by 58 runs, finishing on 209 chasing 268 to win.

The Dolphins never recovered from three early wickets, reaching 41-3 in the mandatory 10-over powerplay. One of those wickets was the in-form Vaughn van Jaarsveld (15) who joined Morné van Wyk (12) and the disappointing Cameron Delport (0). Jonathan Vandiar — one of five changes to the side from Sunday that saw Craig Alexander, Darryn Dupavillon, Calvin Savage, Cody Chetty and Kyle Nipper on the sidelines — attempted to rescue the situation with Khaya Zondo, but his demise for 15 left the Dolphins reeling on 52-4.

Zondo (72) fought a lone battle, adding 66 for the fifth wicket with Smit (24) playing his 100th List A match for the Dolphins and Frylinck (18) hung around to add 51 for the sixth wicket.

Earlier, in sweltering conditions, Davids won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a pitch which had baked in the intense heat. After a slow start that saw two wickets down for eight runs, the experienced Jacques Rudolph (39) and Dean Elgar, who went on to his third List A hundred, added 78 for the third wicket, setting the Titans up for a decent total.

Elgar, who arrived at the crease after 2.5 overs, departed for a round 100 in the final over, sharing further partnerships of 55 for the fifth wicket with Albie Morkel (24) and 92 for the sixth wicket with a savage David Wiese who finished 71* from 33 balls.

Four dropped catches, including Elgar on 18 and Wiese before he had scored, plus Protea all-rounder Ryan McLaren pulling up with a hamstring after bowling 3.5 overs did not help the Dolphins’ cause, with the inexperienced Tshepo Moreki and Andile Phehlukwayo suffering in their final overs. The Titans scored 109 runs in the final 10 overs as the bowlers bowled in the slot, allowing the batsmen to find the boundary with ease.

McLaren (21) did bat but by then the horse had bolted.


Titans 267-6 (Elgar 100, Wiese 71*; Maharaj 3-50)

Dolphins 209 (Zondo 72; Albie Morkel 3-28, De Villiers 3-34, Dala 3-35)

Titans won by 58 runs.

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