Dolphins hold Titans to a draw, Lions pull Cobras’ fangs
Dolphins 186 & 302/8
THE Dolphins ended their 4-Day Franchise Series match against the Titans at Kingsmead with a draw yesterday.
Facing a first-innings deficit of 195, the Dolphins, led by centurion Vaughn van Jaarsveld, defied the visitors by batting through most of the day to reach 302 for eight, an overall lead of 107.
At that stage, with only 11 overs left, the teams shook hands.
In a match so badly affected by bad light and rain — 148 overs were lost to the elements, mainly over the first two days — it was always asking a lot for the dominant team to conjure up a win on the final day.
Resuming on their overnight total of 325 for eight, the Titans lashed the Dolphins’ bowlers for 56 runs in seven overs, with Eldred Hawken racing to an unbeaten 84 in 59 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes as the visitors compiled 381. He was also the most successful bowler with 3-59 in 18 overs, with Alfred Mothoa picking up 2-32 in 11 overs.
Together with his six wickets in the match it was no surprise that he was named player of the match.
A draw was a frustrating result for last season’s champions who have yet to win a match in the competition.
The Titans picked up 14,9 points and the Dolphins 10,7.
Lions 337 & 233 Cobras 128 & 246
Craig Alexander claimed three of the five remaining wickets to wrap up a superb 186-run win for the Highveld Lions over series leaders the Cape Cobras on the final day of their clash in Paarl yesterday.
The fast bowler ended with three for 52 as the hosts fell from their overnight 186 for five to 246 all out on the last morning.
There were also “three-fors” from Bjorn Fortuin (3/37) and Aaron Phangiso (3/77) in a polished overall performance from the Lions that inflicted a first loss of the campaign on the Cobras.
Defeat overshadowed another good display by Pieter Malan, who recorded his third century of the season by making 101 (235 balls, 13 fours), while Jason Smith struck 74 (132 balls, 8 fours).
Their performances apart, it was a largely disappointing batting effort from the home side, their 138 all out in the first innings adding to the loss at Boland Park. — SuperSport, CSA.
Dane Vilas dives for the ball on day 3 of the 4 Day Franchise Series match between Hollywoodbets Dolphins and Multiply Titans at Kingsmead in Durban.