Standard Bank Cup wrap, 8th round December 28, 2005

Dolphins splash into semi-finals

Cricinfo staff

Dolphins 235 for 5 45 overs (Watson 53, Klusener 43*) v Lions 42 for 0 7.4 overs (Bacher 24*) - No Result

Rain at Kingsmead in Durban has virtually finalised the final four places for the Standard Bank Cup semi-finals starting in the new year. With the Lions innings washed out after 7.4 overs, the three points gained by the Dolphins almost ensures them the fourth spot.

The other thee teams, Titans, Eagles and Lions are still fighting it out for a home semi-final while the Warriors have a very slim chance of knocking the Dolphins out of the fourth spot. They have to beat the Lions and gain the bonus point, and then hope that the Titans beat the Dolphins well enough to deny them a bonus point. The sixth team, the Cape Cobras, have no chance of reaching the semi-final stage.

The Dolphins innings of 235 for 5 was also interrupted by a 49-minute rain delay after 16.3 overs with the Dolphins then on 66 for 1. With the resumption of play, the rate steadily increased but it was left to Lance Klusener to once again do the damage as he hit an unbeaten 43 off 24 balls which included four towering sixes. Earlier Doug Watson had propped the innings up with a steady 53.

With the weather continuing to threaten the Lions got off to a brisk start. In the end it was all to no avail as the rain resumed, leaving the Lions on 42 without loss and a no result.