Titans push for title win

2012-02-11 00:00

THE Titans took a massive step towards winning the SuperSport Series title as they reduced the Dolphins to 81 for seven in their follow-on innings at stumps on the second day of their match in Centurion yesterday.

The Titans bowled the Dolphins out for just 62 in their first innings to take a massive 411-run lead on the first innings.

The visitors ended the day still trailing the Titans by 330 runs with just three wickets left.

The Titans, who began the match trailing the log-leading Cobras by less than a point, have accumulated 11,46 bonus points against the Dolphins, while the Cobras have picked up just two bowling points in their match against the Highveld Lions.

The Titans are almost assured 10 more points for beating the Dolphins while the Cobras have still to bat after two days of their weather-affected match against the Lions.

The Dolphins, in their first innings, succumbed in the face of the Titans’ pace attack with left-arm quick Rowan Richards with 3-12, Ethy Mbhalati with 3-29 and paceman CJ de Villiers 3-18 all playing their part in enabling the Titans to enforce the follow-on.

The Dolphins began the day on five for two, but they crashed to 33 for six in the blink of an eye with Daryn Smit (0), David Miller (0), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (26) and Cody Chetty (5) all perishing in quick succession.

Ahmed Amla (15) and Dane Paterson (10) were the only batsmen other than Van Jaarsveld to reach double figures.

The Dolphins’ second innings was almost as poor as their first with Mbhalati shining with the ball once again as he collected 3-27 while Richards chipped with 2-19.

The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals with only Van Jaarsveld (19), Miller (17) and Paterson (11 not out) reaching double figures.

Paterson and Mthokozisi Shezi, who had yet to score, were at the crease when bad light stopped play with 18.4 overs left in the day.


Titans first innings 473 decl

Dolphins first innings

I Khan c du Plessis b Richards 0

D van Wyk c Davids b Mbhalati 0

D Smit b Richards 0

V van Jaarsveld c Du Plessis b Mbhalati 26

D Miller c Richards b Mbhalati 0

C Chetty c Van Jaarsveld b De Villiers 5

A Amla c Rudolph b De Villiers 15

M Shezi c Kuhn b Wiese 2

D Paterson c Kuhn b De Villiers 10

I Tahir c Kuhn b Richards 0

B Scullard not out 0

Extras: (lb1, nb3) 4

Total: (all out 20.5 overs) 62

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-0, 3-9, 4-14, 5-33, 6-33, 7-46, 8-59, 9-60, 10-62

Bowling: Richards 8-2-12-3, Mbhalati 5-0-29-3 (3nb), De Villiers 4.5-0-18-3, Wiese 2.5-0-2-1, Behardien 0.1-0-0-0

Dolphins second innings

D van Wyk c Kuhn b Mbhalati 4

I Khan b Mbhalati 6

D Smit c Van Jaarsveld b Mbhalati 8

V van Jaarsveld c sub (Van der Merwe) b De Villiers 19

D Miller c Kuhn b Richards 17

C Chetty c Kuhn b Behardien 1

A Amla c Kuhn b Richards 8

M Shezi not out 0

D Patgerson not out 11

Extras: (2lbw, 1w, 4nb) 7

Total: (for 7 wkts 26.3 overs) 81

Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-20, 3-35, 4-50, 5-62, 6-66, 7-70

Bowling: Mbhalati 7-1-27-3 (4nb), Richards 8.3-2-19-2, Behardien 6-4-13-1, De Villiers 5-1-20-1 (1w)

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