• Thomson tons up as Titans, Warriors draw

    A 12th career century by Grant Thomson underpinned a stellar victory effort by the Titans on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors that ended in a draw at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.

    The home captain struck an unbeaten 103 (153 balls, 9 fours, five sixes) as his team finished with 249 for four, chasing 322.

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    Heinrich Klaasen (66 off 159 balls, 9 fours) supported him well as the pair added 199 unbroken runs for the fifth wicket after coming together with their side in trouble earlier on.

    The Warriors had declared on their overnight 310 for seven earlier, leaving the Titans around 70 overs to get the runs.

    But they fell into early trouble when Kelly Smuts’ (2/20) double left them on 50 for four.

    That forced an initial rethink by skipper Thomson and Klaasen, before they later attacked. But they were never going to get there following the poor start and had to settle for a draw.

    Meanwhile, a career-best seven for 36 by Senuran Muthusamy helped the Dolphins make the most of a stunning Cape Cobras collapse to seal a famous 137-run win late on the final afternoon in Oudtshoorn.

    The hosts lost eight wickets for a shocking 17 runs as they fell from 69 for two to 86 all out.

    They were chasing 224 in a little over 35 overs after the visitors had earlier declared – more in hope rather than anything else of trying to make something happen at the Recreation Ground.

    And their Proteas all-rounder delivered a magical return to hand them a first win of the season and one of their most memorable ones in recent history.

    Heading into the clash they were bottom of the table and a dismal first-innings performance saw them dismissed for only 174.

    But buoyed by Grant Roelofsen’s century second time around – the opener finished on 142 (204 balls, 17 fours, 3 sixes) – they were able to post 304 for eight declared.

    The Dolphins were even forced to act quickly on the last day after the first half of play was lost due to a wet outfield.

    But the game then turned on its head.

    Janneman Malan (39) and Jason Smith (18) had taken their side comfortably forward as the round six match looked to be heading more for a draw.

    But with around 15 overs to go, Muthusamy snapped their 43-run stand to spark the remarkable meltdown.

    There was no resistance from anyone with captain Dane Piedt’s two off 17 balls the best of the last six batsmen.

    Muthusamy completed his eighth career five-for in the process and bowled his side to an unforgettable win.

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