SuperSport Series 2004-05, 3rd day

Dolphins on the verge of victory

Cricinfo staff

March 13, 2005

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Dolphins 362 for 7 dec (Benkenstein 117, Kent 64, Brown 51*) and 80 for 3 need 21 more runs to beat Warriors 211 and 251 (Sodumo 58)

The Dophins were on the verge of a comprehensive win after the third day of their four-day game against the Warriors at Durban. Chasing 101 for victory, they ended on 80 for 3, needing only 21 more. Resuming at 261 for 5 in their first innings, the Dolphins powered their way to 362 for 7 declared, a first-innings lead of 151. The Warriors were then bundled out for 251 in their second innings, with only Abongile Sodumo getting a half-century. The Warriors lost three wickets in their quest for a small target, but they ended the third day with victory a mere formality.

Lions 190 and 222 for 7 (Ontong 58, van Jaarsveld 58, McKenzie 55) trail Eagles 418 for 9 dec by 6 runs

A superb performance by the Eagles in the field put them in charge after three days at Potchefstroom. Replying to the Eagles' total of 418 for 9 declared, the Lions were bundled out for 190 in their first innings. Following on, they fared slightly better, reaching 222 for 7, but still requiring six runs to make the Eagles bat again. Justin Ontong, Martin van Jaarsveld and Neil McKenzie all scored half-centuries for the Lions in their second innings, but no-one managed more than 58. Thandi Tshabalala, who took three wickets in the Lions' first innings, took three more in the second, while Ryan McLaren has a match tally of five wickets so far.

Titans 280 (Cullinan 138) and 130 for 3 (Kemp 53*, Morkel 49*) trail Western Province Boland 431 for 7 dec (Tsolekile 90, Puttick 87) by 21 runs

Despite an excellent 138 from Darryl Cullinan, the Titans were struggling to keep pace with Western Province Boland at Paarl. At close of play on the third day, the Titans, following on after being dismissed for 280 in their first innings, had reached 130 for 3, still trailing by 21 runs. Cullinan's 138 shone through in their first innings, when no other batsman made more than 33. The Titans were in more trouble early in their second innings, losing three wickets for only 26, before Albie Morkel and Justin Kemp put together an undefeated 104 for the fourth wicket.

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