Van Jaarsveld puts in solid performance for Dolphins on day one

2012-12-28 00:00

VAUGHN van Jaarsveld stood tall for the Dolphins on day one of the Sunfoil Series four-day clash against the Titans at Kingsmead, finishing the day undefeated on 140 as the home side finished a satisfying day’s work on 323-3.

Titans skipper Henry Davids won the toss and asked the Dolphins to have first dig on a grassy wicket.

Initially, it looked the right call as Dolphins openers Imraan Khan and Divan van Wyk had to tame some tricky deliveries from Titans opening bowlers Ethy Mbhalathi and CJ de Villiers.

Khan’s run of poor form continued when he was castled by Mbhalathi for eight, but Jonathan Vandiar and Van Wyk settled the innings and set the platform with a 90-run second wicket partnership, with Vandiar out for 50.

With the pitch playing easier, it was going to be a hard day’s work for the Titan bowlers and so it proved as Van Wyk and Van Jaarsveld set an entertaining partnership of 156 for the third wicket.

Van Wyk, in sight of a well-deserved century, was dealt the cruellest of luck when a straight drive from Van Jaarsveld found bowler David Wiese’s fingertips, the ball cannoning into the stumps with Van Wyk out of his ground.

His 92 came in just short of five hours and it was the second time in the series, after his 95 against the Cobras in Pietermaritzburg, that a century had eluded him.

That was the end of any success for the Titans, with Van Jaarsveld and Khaya Zondo (26*) in an unbroken stand of 65 for the fourth wicket, seeing the Dolphins through to stumps.

Van Jaarsveld was superb, cracking 19 fours and a six off just 180 balls. He has been the Dolphins’ mainstay in the middle order this season and is beginning to show the form that saw him elevated to the Proteas one-day and T20 squads in 2009.

For the Titans, the bowlers toiled manfully under a merciless sun, sending down 95 overs for a return of three wickets.

Only Mbhalathi and Wiese have a wicket apiece as Davids called on seven bowlers through the day.

Dolphins skipper Daryn Smit was in high spirits at the end of play.

“This is fantastic and long may it continue,” he said.

“We have been asking batsmen to value their wickets and they stepped up to the plate.

“We would have been happy to be three down at lunch, let alone at the end of the day and today we hope to pile on the runs, making a big enough score to only bat once while bowling them out twice.”

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