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January 8, 2007
A fine all-round performance from Heino Kuhn was the highlight of the Titans' emphatic victory over the Dolphins by an innings-and-92 runs at Pietermaritzburg. Kuhn hit 216 in the Titans' mammoth 623 for 6 to become only the third wicketkeeper in history to score a double-century and take five dismissals in an innings in the same first-class match, having earlier claimed five catches in the Dolphins' first-innings 237. Maurice Aronstam and Martin van Jaarsveld also scored centuries at a quick pace to help the Titans establish a first innings lead of 386 and leave themselves with almost two days to bowl out the Dolphins. Despite a battling 98 by captain Ahmed Amla the result was never in doubt and the Dolphins were eventually dismissed for 294.
A fine all-round performance from Robin Peterson was in vain when the Lions beat the Warriors by five runs at Johannesburg. Peterson's 73 had given his side a chance of victory, but he was ninth out with24 still needed, and although Brent Kops and Lonwabo Tsotsobe took the score to 259, Kops's dismissal left them an agonising five runs short. Peterson had previously kept his side in the match almost single-handedly. He took four wickets in the Lions' first innings 256, anchored by a fine 95 from Neil McKenzie, and then was the only batsman to top 25, scoring 54 in the Lions meagre 158. Charl Langeveldt and Friedel de Wet shared nine-wickets between them for the Lions. Peterson claimed four more scalps to bring the Warriors back into the contest when they bowled the Lions out for 166 second time round, a total that owed much to de Wet's feisty, unbeaten 43. 265 was needed for victory, but again Peterson was the only Warriors batsman to top 50 in the second innings, a sterling effort but not enough to bring victory.
A superb display of fast bowling from Eagles bowlers Johan van der Wath and Ryan McLaren blitzed the Cobras and led their side to a 52-run victory at Bloemfontein. McLaren and van der Wath claimed four wickets apiece to skittle the Cobras for 107 and leave them well short of their target of 160. Honours were even after the first innings, the unfortunate Dean Elgar having been stranded three runs short of a maiden century in the Eagles' 218, while Henry Davids made 76 in the Cobras' 220. Only Rudolph got to 50 when the Eagles could muster just 161 in their second knock, and they looked to have blown their chances of victory. Their fast bowlers, however, had the last word.
Sam Collins is a freelance journalist based in London
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