Morkel and Kemp thwart Western Province
Western Province Boland 431 for 7 dec and 27 for 0 drew with Titans 280 and 450 for 6 dec (JA Morkel 204*, Kemp 130, Bodi 55*)
For three days, Western Province Boland looked set to top the SuperSport Series table and waltz into a home final as they outplayed the Titans at Boland Park in Paarl. And then, enter the giants. The dictionary defines a Titan as "a person of great size" and two of them strode out to the middle to start the final day.
Albie Morkel and Justin Kemp put together a 264-run fourth-wicket partnership in the Titans follow-on innings with the ball flashing away to all parts of the ground. Between them they struck 41 boundaries and three sixes as they took the attack back to WPBOL. Kemp was first to go on 130 after nearly five hours at the crease, caught behind off Dawson as the new ball made the breakthrough. Their partnership meant that the WPBOL season ended in disappointment and opened the back door for the Dolphins to slip through to the final.
Morkel continued towards his first double-hundred as a few wickets fell around him. Showing both patience and at times brute aggression he brought the milestone up off 315 balls having hit 22 fours and two massive sixes.
Goolam Bodi decided to join in on the act and helped himself to a half-century as the WPBOL shoulders slumped, before a token declaration from the Titans at 450 for 6.
A target of 300 in 14 overs was a touch optimistic, and the game petered out to a draw with WPBOL ending on 27 for 0.
Dolphins 362 for 7 dec and 103 for 4 (Khan 40) beat Warriors 211 and 251 by six wickets
The Dolphins needed only six overs to score the 21 runs needed to complete a six-wicket win over the Warriors at Kingsmead in Durban on the fourth and final day. The win also allowed them to slip into the SuperSport final to be played at Goodyear Park against the Eagles in a week's time.
Lying in third spot before this round of matches, the Dolphins needed to win and also needed Western Province Boland or the Eagles to fail. The Eagles did not but WPBOL obliged as they drew with the Titans, allowing the Dolphins to go through.
Eagles 418 for 9 dec and 74 for 0 (Jacobs 48*) beat Lions 190 and 299 (Ontong 58, van Jaarsveld 58, McKenzie 55, McLaren 5-87, Tshabalala 3-120) by 10 wickets
The Eagles progressed to their third consecutive final by beating the Lions by ten wickets at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom. As holders of the PRO20 and Standard Bank crowns, the Eagles are in line for the triple when they face the Dolphins in Bloemfontein this weekend.
The Lions started the day still six runs behind with three wickets in hand. Werner Coetsee and David Terbrugge made sure that the Eagles would have to bat again as they put on 34 runs, with Terbrugge making 25. Coetsee followed after scoring a valuable 34 with the Man-of-the-Match, Ryan McLaren cleaning up the tail to end with 5 for 87 as the Lions were bowled out for 299, a lead of 71.
The Eagles' opening pair of Davey Jacobs and Jonathan Beukes finished the game off in 15.5 overs, just three overs after the lunch break on the final day. Jacobs finished on 48, Beukes on 25 and the Eagles on 74 for 0.