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October 23, 2006
MTN Domestic Championship
Another century from Morne van Wyk guided the Eagles to a 52-run win over against the Dolphins in Kimberley on Sunday. van Wyk, who had hit 115 against the Warriors the previous week, smashed a career best 160 not out off only 136 balls as the Eagles reached 289 for 3. The Dolphins looked to be in with a shout as Doug Watson and Imraan Khan put on 113 for the first wicket, but three wickets in consecutive overs from Roger Telemachus, including the in-form Hashim Amla, reduced them to 130 for 3 and they never recovered.
The Titans destroyed the Lions at Centurion on Sunday, rolling them for 164 and then reaching the target after only 21.2 overs thanks to a blistering 65-ball 96 from Gulam Bodi. An impressive new-ball burst from Dale Steyn and Alfonso Thomas, with back-up from the Morkel brothers, had reduced the Lions to 21 for 5 off 16 overs, before Tyron Henderson's 63 restored some element of respectability. Bodi's knock, which included six sixes, ensured the Titans had no trouble chasing on what was a decent pitch, before he was caught behind trying to score the boundary that would have brought him his century. It capped a disappointing week for the Lions, whose match against the Cobras on Friday was washed out.
Nantie Hayward's 4 for 19 helped the Warriors to their first win of the season against the Dolphins on Friday. Hayward, who spent last season playing for the Dolphins, took key early wickets as they were dismissed for 191. Despite losing a wicket to the second ball of their reply, the Warriors managed to hold their nerve in the chase, with an undefeated 41 from Arno Jacobs the key in a match where no batsman reached 50.
That win was all the more important for the Warriors as they had suffered another defeat at the hands of the Titans in East London on Wednesday. Faf du Plessis's immaculate 80 had anchored the Titans' innings as they reached 213 for 9 from their 45 overs, but despite losing only five wickets in their reply the Warriors never got close to their target and they ended up 25 short, with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel taking the bowling plaudits after impressive spells.
Sam Collins is a freelance journalist based in London
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