A century by Dane Vilas helped the Dolphins to a four-wicket win over the log-leading Titans in their rain-shortened One-Day Cup match in Centurion.
Vilas scored an aggressive 103 off 85 balls, with 11 fours and a six, as the Dolphins chased a revised target of 253 off 40 overs, winning with 11 balls remaining on the Duckworth-Lewis calculation.
Vilas was ably supported by Senuran Muthusamy, who stepped up when the Dolphins were struggling at 93-4 after 17 overs. His unbeaten 64 off 61 balls, which had just four fours and two sixes, added to a stand of 141 for the fifth wicket.
The result, though was largely academic, as the Titans were unassailable at the top of the log, leading by six points going into this match. They will meet the Warriors in the first semi-final, on Tuesday. The Dolphins remain in third place and will meet the Cobras in their semi-final on Wednesday.
Earlier, a solid performance from the Titans’ top order must have given them great encouragement when they ended their innings on 269-6 after 48 overs.
Henry Davids (52) and Tony de Zorzi (68) put on 105 for the first wicket in 21 overs. Rivaldo Moonsamy provided an anchor with 40 off 51 balls, which enabled Heinrich Klaasen (52 off 51) and Heino Kuhn (31 off 18) to open up.
Rain curtailed the end of the innings and subsequently reduced the target to 253 off 40 overs, which resulted in left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy being the most successful bowler in terms of wickets with 3-59.
In a basement match, the Knights ended their series with a 138-run defeat by the Highveld Lions. Reeza Hendricks scored 105 and Janneman Malan 83 as the Lions piled up 299-8.
The Knights were broken by the left-arm spin of Bjorn Fortuin, who claimed 4-22, aided by Wiaan Mulder’s 3-32 .
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