One Day Cup

Van Wyk ton seals epic run chase

2014-10-11 07:18
Morne van Wyk (Gallo Images)

Centurion - The Dolphins claimed a five-wicket win via the Duckworth-Lewis method over the Titans in their domestic one-day cup match, at SuperSport Park, in Centurion, on Friday.

The Titans made 340 for six in their innings, but rain during the dinner break reduced the Dolphins chase to a 42 over affair with their target adjusted to 301 to win.

Captain Morne van Wyk led the way for the Dolphins with an unbeaten knock of 121 from 112 balls, as his side achieved their target with five balls to spare.

In their chase, Van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld put on 109 for the third wicket at faster than a-run-a-ball, as the Dolphins appeared on course for victory.

Titans bowler Rowan Richards made the breakthrough after his side had struggled to contain Van Wyk and Van Jaarsveld.

Van Jaarsveld was out for a 55-ball 62, attempting to heave Richards over mid on for six as he had done four balls prior. On this occasion, the Dolphins batsman skied the shot and Roelof van der Merwe took a good catch to reduce the visitors to 188 for three.

The wicket brought on Daryn Smit (22), who together with Van Wyk, put on a quickfire 53 runs from 42 balls to edge their side closer to victory.

The Titans last gasp effort for the win came when Marchant de Lange was reintroduced to the attack in the 36th over. The Titans bowler soon had Smit clean bowled, beaten for pace, with the fifth ball of the over as the Dolphins fell to 241 for four.

But the efforts of Van Wyk along with Khaya Zondo (32) for the fifth wicket, scoring 56 runs from 32 balls got the Dolphins over the line.

Earlier, the Titans were belligerent in their approach with the bat, and courtesy of centuries from Farhaan Behardien and Theunis de Bruyn, had amassed 340 for six in the first innings.

Coming in at number three, De Bruyn (108 runs, 90 balls, 13x4, 3x6) became the first South African to score a hundred on debut in 50 over cricket.

Together with Heino Kuhn (19), de Bruyn shared in 51-run stand for the second wicket.

But it was a 106-run partnership between Dean Elgar (32) for the third wicket, which laid the platform for the Titans.

De Bruyn cashed-in on the evening, as he was dropped three times by the time he reached 51.

The 22-year-old was eventually out for majestic maiden ton, caught Van Jaarsveld, bowled Robbie Frylinck.

After the departure of De Bruyn, Behardien (105 not out, 67 balls, 8x4, 4x6) took over as the driving force in the Titans innings. Coming in at number five, Behardien struck eight fours and four sixes as he reached his century off a blistering 64 balls.

Together with Mangiliso Mosehle, Behardien put on 143 runs for the sixth wicket off just 95 balls as the Titans posted an intimidating 340 runs from their stay in the middle.

Frylinck returned the best figures of 3/62 for the Dolphins, albeit a tad expensive.

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