Dolphins send Titans packing

2010-01-24 17:01

Centurion - The defending champions, the Titans, lost their chance to win their third successive limited overs title when the Dolphins beat them by 16 runs in the MTN40 semi-final played at Supersport Park on Sunday.

Chasing 252 for victory, the Titans - who finished the league at the top of the table - made 236 for nine in the second semi-final. The Dolphins will play the Warriors in East London on Friday night.

The Titans got off to the worst possible start, when Gulam Bodi ran himself out off the first ball of the innings, before a run had been scored.

Jacques Rudolph followed five overs later, caught by Dale Benkenstein off Johann Louw for seven.

Heino Kuhn and AB de Villiers put on 48 runs for the fourth wicket before Daryn Smith took an excellent catch to dismiss Kuhn off his own bowling for 28.

De Villiers then joined forces with Faf du Plessis, and they shared a stand of 68, which ended when De Villiers was run out by the combined efforts of David Miller and Alfonso Thomas for 61. It was his 28th limited overs 50 and came at nearly a run a ball.

Farhaan Behardien made just two runs before he was caught by Thomas off Smit. Du Plessis notched up his 15th limited overs 50, and appeared to be on his way to taking his team to their third successive final until he was caught by Andrew Hall off Kyle Abbott for 51, and the Titans' hopes of hosting the final drained away.

Big-hitting Albie Morkel made 26 off 27 balls before being caught by David Miller, who ran around from long-off to take the catch behind the bowler, Andrew Hall. Roelof van der Merwe was leg before wicket to Louw without scoring, and it was left to captain Pierre Joubert and Morne Morkel to try to take the Titans through.

The required run rate rose steadily and although the hosts were scoring at virtually a run a ball, they could not keep up.

With 12 balls left, Morkel was caught on the boundary by De Bruyn for eight as he tried to hit a boundary off Thomas, and any chance the Titans had of winning had gone.

Earlier, the Amla brothers, Hashim and Ahmed, each scored a half century to help take their team to 251 for six. It was Ahmed's 19th limited overs 50 and Hashim's 15th. The brothers both faced just 48 deliveries to reach the milestone.

Loots Bosman made 42 off 49 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes before he was run out by a combination of Ethy Mbhalati and wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn.

Mbhalati took two wickets for 51 runs, while Morne Morkel (1/45), Roelof van der Merwe (1/58) and Pierre Joubert (1/33) chipped in with a wicket each.


  • Stephen Dunkley - 2010-01-24 17:36

    Its great that the warriors are in the final but it sucks that they are playing final in East London, surely PE is a better venue with more atmosphere and support than Buffalo park ?

  • crazydude - 2010-01-24 18:04

    Great stuff dolphins, now the Warriors get to host the final! I just hope that they bring it PE, and don't play in EL.

  • Bobby - 2010-01-24 20:30

    Awesome stuff Dolphins. Underdogs and written off before the match even started and now playing the final. Who would have thought that two weeks ago when we were all but out of it. Go beat the Warriors and bring a long overdue trophy home. Oh, and kudos to the oldies in the team. Experience counted for tons today.

  • Ray/B - 2010-01-25 04:52

    Remind me Did the Cobra coach not reject Kallis as a spent force and also only wanted to oust all other Whites from the WP team. Go Warriors

  • Harry - 2010-01-25 06:53

    Hahahahahaha kry vir julle Titans. Vandat poenskop Pybus julle hele span opgedonner het is julle KAK !!!!!

  • MS - 2010-01-25 08:14

    "Ray/B. Don't understand why people like you don't mind making total idiots of yourself on these forums. Coach wanting to oust all whites from the team? What on earth have you been smoking??? I wonder if you know that both Kallis AND Prince left WP after they were dropped. Fool.

  • Pat - 2010-01-25 08:40

    It is a bit strange when the Dolphins' innings is reduced to a one-liner, with the rest of the article dedicated to a losing batting performance. It smacks a tad of journalistic bias to me. Kind of like the media with the Bulls...

  • Titans fan - 2010-01-25 08:51

    @Harry. F off pampoenkop. Ons het die beste rekord van al die spanne, net 1 game verloor voor die semi. Vat jou growwe houding en druk dit waar die son nie skyn nie jou poenskop!!! Wys my 'n span wat altyd hulle semis wen? Julle egoïstiese vissies gaan opgedonner word deur die Warriors.

  • Harry - 2010-01-25 09:19

    Just for the record, I am not a Dolphins supporter. I just support any team that plays against the Titans. Pybus did make a mess of the Titans. Look at the players that could have been in the Titans team; Justin Kemp Alviro Petersen Alfie Thomas Pierre de Bruyn Zander de Bruyn Niel McKenzie Aaron Pangiso Friedel de Wet Yeah, and who chased them away??? Thats right, Pybus did. Bet they could have had the cup this year with those players in the ranks ???

  • Mundo - 2010-01-25 10:07

    @ Titans Fan.. Shut your mouth boy.. You lost.. Go wipe your tears away.. I live in pta but dont support any of its teams especially the bulls and the titans cause they are so arrogant and think they own sporting codes in general.. I was at the stadium and loved every moment of it.. I had the biggest mouth in a titans packed stadium. Those boere were not happy at all... Go dolphins.. By the way pizza mouth, its wishful thinking that the warriors are going to beat the dolphins.. Sharks and Dolphins for life...

  • gary - 2010-01-25 11:27

    does anyone have a clip of that great spectator catch? please e-mail me .Thanks

  • Just Cricket - 2010-01-25 13:16

    @Mundo. Yes pizza-brain I also was there and enjoyed it (although we lost) EXCEPT for the loud mouth arrogant Dolphin supporters just like you. You guys really need to learn manners, just like your Shark counterparts. What boere? The only boere are the ones in the Free State with their safari-pakke. Grow up stereotyper! No-one calls my team KAK (Harry the Pottie-mouth) when they did very well and were the top team in the tournament. There is no need to shoot down a team because they lost in a semi. Like I wrote, not every semi-final and final is a given win. I am living with it, but there is no need to call a very good team, the Titans, KAK. That just smacks of jealousy. And I will support the Warriors in the final. East London is a slow track and teh Warriors have far better slower bowler than teh Dolphins. Plus the Warrior batter has been vastly superior to teh Dolphins.

  • Mundo - 2010-01-25 13:41

    @ Just cricket.. Arrogant Dolphins supporters?? We were cheering for our team especially where we get a wicket or score runs especially boundries.. guess who is jealous now??? Your support for the warriors is purely because of bitterness... Please go add some sugar in the bitter drink you had to down after your teams loss... L.O.S.E.R..

  • Just Cricket (Titans fan) - 2010-01-25 15:19

    @Mundo = Mur0nic Undersized Nanobrain Dolphin Oxymoron? I was born in the EC, lived there for 26 years, so my roots suggest I have a connection and a soft spot for the Warriors, so NO sour grapes. Unlike you M.O.R.O.N. who was born here but are too much of a lafaard to support your local team. You are the biggest L.O.S.E.R. Ag shame mamma se kindjie het bottel en doek nodig. Al weer...ha ha ha ha ha ha....what a P.O.E.P.O.L. Rather5 comment on cricket jou lafaard.

  • CROWN - 2010-01-25 15:19


  • Mundo - 2010-01-25 15:59

    @ Just Cricket, sour grapes sour grapes my broer.. After we beat the warriors I will once again holler at you.. That time around I ur drink would have been even more bitter. you would need 10kg of sugar to get rid of the bitterness. I just wonder what's gonna cum out of that lousy big pizza drie pot mouth of ours with no substance.So long L.O.S.E.R.. You ping pong mickey mouse titans supporter

  • sa fan - 2010-01-25 16:16

    i agree totally with crown. Whether you are a titans, dolphins, lions, cobras, warriors, or white, black or indian, you all would agree that the exclusion of Amla from the odi team is grossly unfair and horrendous. Please get rid of procter and co

  • Chris - 2010-01-25 16:29

    The Dolphins have not played good cricket this season and count themselfs very lucky to be in the final. Hope the selectors start looking at some youngsters as there are quite a few oldies in the team. Miller looks promising, Abbot not overly impressed. Titans can count themselfs a bit unlucky as they have a bunch of quality players and on paper should of walked this match, they played some great cricket this season. Nice one Dolphins keep up the intensity, here's to a riveting final.

  • Keith - 2010-01-25 16:35

    What more must Amla do to be included in SA squad? I have heard that it was a choice between Amla & Duminy. How can that be? Their only similarity is the colour of their skin. They should both be in the team on merit, as they are part of the future of the Proteas.

  • Cricket fan - 2010-01-26 09:56

    "DOLPHINS jou lekker ding". Well done guys. You guys made the Titans look like boys on Sunday Good luck for the final. I just hope that the Proteas selectors were watching this game. Hashim & Darren Smit should definitely be in that ODI squad going to India....

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