Cape Town - A
key half-century by Farhaan Behardien helped the Titans book a
home semi-final and possible final after they edged out the Dolphins by 29
runs in their One-Day Cup clash at the City Oval in
Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.
The Proteas batsman struck 88 (80 balls, 3 fours, 3 sixes) as
the visitors recovered to reach 242 for eight after losing the toss and
being put into
hosts, however, let themselves down with some poor fielding that
allowed the champions to score more runs than they should after they
were reduced to 127 for five.
Shezi picked up two for 39 and Imran Tahir bagged two for 40, although
they could do little to prevent Behardien from shepherding the tail,
stands of 55 with David Wiese (26) and 50 with Tabraiz Shamsi (15 not
Dolphins made excellent progress early by reaching halfway at 134 for
three thanks mainly to Sarel Erwee, who hit 76 (101 balls, 8 fours, 2
they then fell to 163 for seven within 10 overs as Albie Morkel (2/30),
Corbin Bosch (2/34) and Shamsi (2/53) took two wickets apiece.
Khaya Zondo hitting 36 not out, he lacked support as the home side fell
to a crippling loss that severely dented their hopes of hosting a