Dol­phins hold Ti­tans to a draw, Lions pull Co­bras’ fangs

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Dol­phins 186 & 302/8

Ti­tans 381

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.

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES

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.

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