Dolphins thrash Titans to secure RAM SLAM T20 home semi final
Durban - The Hollywoodbets Dolphins snatched an unlikely RAM SLAM T20
Challenge home semi-final with an emphatic 89-run bonus-point win over a
woeful Multiply Titans at Kingsmead on Sunday.
The result, combined with a rain-induced no-result at the Wanderers
between the Lions and Knights, and the Cobras 18-run loss to the Warriors
in East London, means the Durban franchise eased up to second on the log
and will face the Cobras at Kingsmead on Thursday. The Titans will host
the Warriors in the first semi-final on Wednesday.
The rain came and disrupted the Hollywoodbets Dolphins match at Kingsmead
for the sixth time this year, but for once there was no disappointment
with no overs lost and the hosts were so far in front the disruption just
delayed the inevitable.
Thanks to a strong top-order onslaught, some effective bowling and a
woefully indifferent display from the log-topping Titans, the Dolphins
score of 168 for seven was never in danger. When the rain made its
appearance, the visitors were wobbling on 39 for six in the 12th over.
The Titans eventually struggled to 79 all out with two balls remaining in
a display that in no way reflected their status as the top T20 side in the
country, no doubt partially due to the severely weakened squad which
travelled from Pretoria.
For the Dolphins, Morne van Wyk was the hero with the bat as his 67 laid
the foundations for a total that was always going to be testing, but he
was more than ably backed up by a solid performance with the ball, with
all seven bowlers who were used sharing the wickets, while nobody went for
more than five runs an over.
The most expensive was Imraan Tahir with his four overs costing just 20
runs, but with two wickets and a stunning diving catch in the deep to
remove Junior Dala off Andile Phehlukwayo, there is certainly no need for
The bowlers were all efficient with Prenelan Subrayen and Keshav Maharaj
also getting two apiece as the Titans batters struggled – Rivaldo Moonsamy
and Tabraiz Shamsi top-scored for the visitors with a meagre 15 runs each.
The Dolphins won the toss and elected to bat first against an attack that
was missing a host of rested players, including Albie Morkel, Aiden
Markram and Lungi Ngidi – three of the top four bowlers on the
competition’s bowling averages going into the match. Also off the field
was prolific run machine AB de Villiers and fellow Proteas stars Quinton
de Kock and Farhaan Behardien.
The Titans started with Dean Elgar’s slow left arm, allowing van Wyk and
Vaughn van Jaarsveld to get off to a quick start with 11 runs from the
opening over. The opening pair continued to lay a perfect foundation with
their 50 partnership coming at the end of the first six overs, shortly
after Van Jaarsveld was dropped by Shaun Vonberg at mid off – the first of
four dropped chances by the unusually lacklustre Titans fielders.
Vonberg enjoyed his revenge two overs later, however, when he drew Van
Jaarsveld (28 runs off 28 balls) out of his crease and Heinrich Klaasen
whipped off the bails, bringing to an end the 66-run partnership that
lasted 47 balls.
Dane Vilas (29 off 15) took over from Van Jaarsveld and helped Van Wyk to
his second 50 partnership before he also fell victim to Vonberg while
going for the maximum over mid on but finding Tony Dezorzi on the boundary
Van Wyk fell in the 16th over when he was clean bowled by Junior Dala. For
the second time in three days the experienced opener provided the backbone
of the Hollywoodbets Dolphin innings and his 69 came off 41 balls included
10 fours. His 50 came off 27 balls.
Van Wyk’s departure saw the run rate drop below nine to the over as first
Sibonelo Makhanya (6 off 10) fell without injecting any urgency, and then
Khayelihle Zondo (23 off 19), Robbie Frylinck (2 off 3) and Keshav Maharaj
(0 off 2) all went with the score on 162 in the space of four balls,
leaving Andile Phehlukwayo (5 off 2) and Prenelan Subrayen (0 off 1) not
out at the end.
TEAM M W L T N/R PT
Titans 10 6 2 0 2 32
Dolphins 10 3 2 0 5 23
Cape Cobras 10 5 4 0 1 22
Warriors 10 4 5 0 1 18
Lions 10 2 4 0 4 16
Knights 10 2 5 0 3 14
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Morne van Wyk smashed 67 runs
off 41 balls to lead the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to victory over the
Multiply Titans in the RAM SLAM T20 match on Sunday afternoon.
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