Momentum One Day Cup 2013-14 October 23, 2013

Miller heist seals three-wicket win

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Dolphins 244 for 7 in 44.1 overs (Miller 96, van Jaarsveld 61, Birch 4-59) beat Warriors 251 for 8 in 50 overs (Ingram 96, Jonker 52, Alexander 5-52) by 3 wickets (D/L method)

David Miller preserved Dolphins unbeaten record with an 85-ball 96 that stole the show in a rain-affected match against Warriors in Port Elizabeth, with his side securing a three-wicket victory inside the 45 overs required to chase a revised total of 244. After electing to bat first, Warriors openers didn't last long as Craig Alexander struck off consecutive overs to leave them at 17 for 2. Colin Ingram, fresh off two half-centuries in the competition, continued his good form as he and Ryan Bailey put on 84 runs for the third wicket. Once Bailey was run out, Ingram combined with Christiaan Jonker, who scored 52, to help Warriors reach a competitive 251 for 8. Ingram remained unbeaten on 96 off 123 balls. Alexander was the pick of the bowlers with a career-best of 5 for 52.

A brief rain delay at the change of innings meant a revised target of 244 from 45 balls. Dolphins, however, started rather inauspiciously with Jonathan Vandiar getting run out, and Andrew Birch then bowling Khaya Zondo off the next over to leave Dolphins at 12 for 2. Morne van Wyk and Vaughn van Jaarsveld combined for 62 runs to help steady the innings, which was followed by a 76-run stand between van Jaarsveld and David Miller. Van Jaarsveld was dismissed after scoring 61, leaving Dolphins 94 runs to get in just over 11 overs.

Birch continued to cause problems as he plucked three more wickets to threaten the Dolphins chase. With 28 required off the final 2 overs, prospects looked rather slim. However, when Birch, who had been the hero of the day with the ball for Warriors, was asked to bowl the penultimate over, it all went to pieces. After Kyle Abbott took three off the first ball, Miller proceeded to slam three consecutive boundaries, including two huge sixes, to even the scales. When Rusty Theron came on to bowl the final over, it was Miller who drove him wide of midwicket to seal the match, giving his team the perfect parting gift before he headed off for national duty in the UAE, to compete in the limited-overs segment of South Africa's series against Pakistan.

Titans 91 for 2 (Kuhn 43) beat Knights 90 (de Lange 4-29) by 8 wickets

Marchant de Lange's 4 for 29 helped move Titans to second place in the Momentum One Day Cup standings after they overcame Knights by eight wickets in Benoni. After Titans opted to field first, de Lange struck early in the second over, removing Reeza Hendricks with the score on just 5.

Rudi Second followed suit two balls later when he was bowled by Ethy Mbhalati. Rilee Roussouw didn't add much to the total to leave Knights at a precarious 10 for 3 in the fourth over. Knights struggled to put up decent partnerships on the board as tight, disciplined bowling from Titans kept them in check through the innings. They ultimately were dismissed for 90 in the 28th over when Nicky Boje was bowled through the gate by de Lange.

After an early scare, with Henry Davids going out in the fourth over with the score on just 5, the Titans chase was regulated by a 79-run partnership between Jacques Rudolph and wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn which effectively ended the contest between the two sides. De Lange was sent up the order as a pinch hitter when Kuhn fell for 43 in the 23rd over, with him and Roelof van der Merwe seeing the chase through inside of 23 overs, and with eight wickets to spare.