The Dolphins bowled their hearts out but the Titans held out for a draw with two wickets in hand at the end of the first 4-Day Franchise Series match of the season.
Calvin Savage continued from his overnight score of 51, top-scoring with 68 off 88 balls before being last man out caught by Theunis de Bruyn off Eldred Hawken. The Dolphins ended on 315 all out off 81.4 overs.
Hawken ended the innings with 2-52 (econ 3.12), while Chris Morris (3-64, econ 2.60) and Shaun von Berg (3-64, econ 3.04) also starred with the ball.
Chasing 277 for victory, Andrea Agathangelou (53 off 102 balls, 11 fours) and Tony de Zorzi (13 off 27 balls, three fours) got the innings off to a good start with a stand of 42 for the first wicket. De Bruyn (60 off 101 balls, nine fours) then added 82 with Agathangelou, but the Dolphins struck four times in nine overs to reduce the Titans t0 140-5. Robbie Frylinck and Keshav Maharaj each picked up two of those four wickets.
Morris scored a promising 46 off 90 balls, with four fours and two sixes, before falling, caught and bowled to Okuhle Cele after adding 60 for the sixth wicket with Henry Davids.
Davids finally departed after a marathon innings of 22 off 139 balls, caught Savage bowled Maharaj, who then added the wicket of Hawken for 12 off 28 balls.
Von Berg ended on 16 not out off a defiant 80 balls (two fours) and Junior Dala was not out without scoring off eight balls as the Titans ended on 244-8 off 97 overs, 32 runs behind the Dolphins’ match total.
Frylinck ended with 2-43 and Cele 2-39, but the star turn of the innings was Dolphins skipper Maharaj, who ended with figures of 33-10-71-4 (econ 2.15)
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