Dolphins, Titans play to stalemate

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Gallo)
Vaughn van Jaarsveld (Gallo)

Cape Town - Bad light was the ultimate winner as the Dolphins and Titans had to settle for a draw late on the fourth evening of their Sunfoil Series clash in Durban on Sunday.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld struck a century – 122 (156 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes) - to give the hosts some early belief in their pursuit of an unlikely 354 victory target in a little over two sessions at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead.

Jonathan Vandiar also made 69 (14 balls, 4 fours) as they eventually finished on 336/6 – 18 runs shy in the four remaining overs and under grey skies with the part-time spin duo of Dean Elgar and Henry Davids in operation.

At that stage, Keshav Maharaj (39 off 22 balls) and Andile Phehlukwayo (40 off 24 balls) were going all guns blazing for the Dolphins, although the log-leading Titans did have the knowledge in the back of their minds that the introduction of pace would force bad light to come into play.

So with the result slipping away and wickets not forthcoming, captain Davids did just that by recalling his kingpin Marchant de Lange, the pick of the bowlers with 4/90, forcing play to end.

Earlier, Heino Kuhn ended with 80 (126 balls, 9 fours, 1 six) and Elgar made 66 (135 balls, 6 fours, 1 six) to allow their side to declare on 208/4.

The Titans stayed top of the table with the result, just under seven points clear of the bizhub Highveld Lions, while the Dolphins stayed fourth.



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