Durban - The Titans started the fourth and final-day of their
Sunfoil Series match against the Dolphins at Kingsmead on Tuesday, staring defeat in the face.
David Wiese and Marchant de Lange took the fight to their opponents, but
their heroics were to no avail, as the Titans succumbed, to lose by an
innings and 54 runs.
When the players traipsed of the Park on Monday, the Titans were on 175/7, with Wiese on five and De Lange on two, and still needing 125
to avoid the ignominy an innings defeat.
From the outset Wiese went on the attack, but in the end he paid dearly
for his endeavours, trying to work Kyle Abbott down to fine-leg, but
instead he found Daniel Sincuba lurking at short-leg and was caught.
Wiese had faced 41-ball for his 32, half of which were scored via the boundary.
From then on it was all downhill as Abbott struck once again as Junior Dala top-edged a delivery to Imraan Khan in the slips.De Lange continued where Wiese left off, defying everything that was thrown at him including the kitchen sink.
However, the Titans' efforts to avoid a loss, came to naught as Abbott
induced Rowan Richards to nick one to the Dolphins captain, Morne van
Richards' wicket gave the discarded Protea a five wicket haul for the
innings, his 15th in first-class cricket, and a match analysis of
And at the death De Lange was the last man standing, having scored 33
off 37-balls, which included four boundaries and a huge six over cow
Despite the Titans' crushing defeat, the handful of bonus points they
garnered, ensured they leap-frogged the bizhub Highveld Lions to go top
of the standings going into the new year.
Dolphins - 19.68
Titans - 4.16