Dolphins stumble to Titans in Bloem
Durban – The Hollywoodbets Dolphins fell to a 58 wicket loss to the
log-leading Multiply Titans in the first match of the CSA T20 Challenge
double header at the Managing Oval ion Bloemfontein on Sunday.
The Centurion franchise set the Durbanites
an imposing target of 186 for victory, after a 93 run partnership between
Farhaan Behardien and Heino Kuhn saw the defending champions break the
shackles set by tight bowling by the Dolphins in the first half of their
Openers Cameron Delport and skipper Morne van Wyk added 22 for the first
wicket before Delport departed for 7, bringing former England
international Kevin Pietersen to the crease.
Van Wyk became the first South African player to reach the milestone of
2500 first class T20 runs in his innings of 41 off 44 balls.
Pietersen added 24 off 23 balls and looked to be setting a platform to
challenge that victory target before Van Wyk and Pietersen fell within two
overs of each other, and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins run chase lost all its
As the pressure mounted wickets fell at regular intervals on a pitch that
was slowing as the day wore on. A bright 13 by Mbasa Gqaduse added
resilience to their tail, but couldn't prevent the Titans from wrapping up
the bonus point win.
Earlier Morne van Wyk asked the Titans to bat first
and opened with spinner Prenelen Subrayen, who came in for the injured
Rabian Engelbrecht, who was battling with a back strain, and Mthokozisi
Shezi. They pegged back the dangerous log leaders, who were 73 for the
loss of one at the halfway point in their innings.
shifted once Protea all rounder Farhaan Behardien came to the crease and
fired an unbeaten 65 off 32 balls to get the Pretoria outfit to a
challenging total of 185 for four wickets.
Robbie Frylinck broke the dangerous third wicket partnership with a sharp
run out off his own bowling that had a backing up Heino Kuhn stranded well
short of his ground. The rest of the wickets were shared between Kyle
Nipper, Imran Tahir and Cameron Delport.
The Hollywoodbets Dolphins travel to Cape Town for the second match of
their four match road trip, where they will play the BuildNat Cape Cobras
on Wednesday evening.
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