Pretoria - A good all-round effort from Chris Morris was not enough to
pull off an unlikely victory for the Titans as they had to settle for
a draw against the Dolphins on the final day of their 4-Day
Franchise Series encounter in Centurion on Saturday.
The Proteas star took two wickets to
help the champions begin the final day with a bang at SuperSport Park, before
striking 46 as the home side ended 33 runs shy of pulling off a win.
When stumps were drawn at the end of the game, the Titans
had reached 244 for eight - thanks also to Theunis de Bruyn’s 60 (101 balls, 9
fours) and 53 (102 balls, 11 fours) from Andrea Agathangelou. The hosts were
chasing 277 for the victory after earlier claiming the final three visiting
wickets for 21.
The Dolphins began day four in a good position on 297 for
seven and with Calvin Savage set on 51. But the early closure the evening
before due to bad light appeared to disrupt the Durbanites, with two men -
Keshav Maharaj (8) and Okuhle Cele (0) - dismissed by Morris, who ended with
three for 39, for the addition of just two runs.
Savage did his best to add quick runs, before falling last
man to Eldred Hawken (2/52) for 68 (88 balls, 4 fours, 5 sixes). Shaun von Berg
was the other stand-out bowler with three for 64.
The Titans made a flying start to the response by reaching
124 for one in the 35th over. This was thanks in the main to Agathangelou and
De Bruyn, returning to his former franchise this season.
But the result then threatened to go the other way after
South Africa spinner Maharaj claimed four for 71. Aided by Cele (2/39) and
Robbie Frylinck (2/43), the home side slipped from their position of
superiority to 140 for five, before Morris gave them hope.
But once he fell, Von Berg shut up shop at the other end as
the game ended in a draw.