MTN Domestic Championship round-up February 18, 2008

Unbeaten Titans throw down a challenge

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe's players celebrate their first win in the MTN Domestic Championship © Cricinfo
The Titans maintained their unbeaten start to the MTN Domestic Championship with three wins in six days, extending their lead over Cape Cobras to five points.

Titans, who also have a game in hand over the Cobras, easily beat their rivals by five wickets in a one-sided match despite Herschelle Gibbs' hundred, and Cobras title hopes were further dented when they then lost to Zimbabwe Chevrons.

The Warriors, who opened with back-to-back defeats, have now won three on the trot. Two convincing wins this week over the Lions and the Dolphins put them within a point of the Cobras. The defeat checked a good start by the Dolphins who earlier in the week had easily beaten the Eagles.

The Eagles, who won the SuperSport Series before Christmas, have been well off the pace and although they beat Zimbabwe on Wednesday, two hefty losses has left them languishing in the bottom half.

Zimbabwe's win over the Cobras in Harare was their first of the competition, and face a basement battle with the Lions in Potchefstroom this week. After winning their opening game, the Lions have lost three in three and slipped below Zimbabwe on net run rate.

The batting has not been to the fore with only four coming in the 16 matches so far, with the Eagles' Morne van Wyk topping the pile with his 128. The Warriors' Juan Theron is the leading wicket-taker with 11.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Titans 4 4 0 0 0 18 +0.979 750/143.3 739/174.0
Cape Cobras 5 3 2 0 0 13 +0.184 978/194.4 926/191.2
Warriors 5 3 2 0 0 12 -0.506 862/216.2 952/212.0
Dolphins 4 2 2 0 0 9 +0.321 764/171.0 689/166.1
Eagles 6 2 4 0 0 9 -0.316 1103/231.4 1178/232.0
Zimbabwe 4 1 3 0 0 4 +0.025 849/174.0 818/168.3
Lions 4 1 3 0 0 4 -0.394 857/179.0 861/166.1