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Titans survive Subrayen's five for thrilling win

File photo - Heinrich Klaasen struck 195 in the first innings and followed it with 35 in the second in a narrow win for Titans Getty Images

Titans overcame an uninterrupted spell from offspinning allrounder Prenelan Subrayen, which read 15.4 -6-35-5, and a batting collapse to scramble to a two-wicket win in a small chase of 91 against Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg. The result handed Titans 17.96 points and lifted them to the top of the points table.

Subrayen struck in his second over, having opener Aiden Markram caught behind for 5. Grant Mokoena, Dean Elgar, captain Henry Davids and Jonathan Vandiar all departed in a space of six overs to leave Titans reeling at 35 for 5 in 15.5 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen followed his 195 in Titans' first innings with 35 off 52 balls to briefly ease the nerves, before he was the seventh Titans batsman to be dismissed with the side 12 runs away from the target. Two overs later, Malusi Siboto became Subrayen's fifth wicket, but Shaun von Berg and Junior Dala held on to complete a tense win.

Klaasen stood out in Titans' first innings too - scoring his seventh first-class hundred and nearly converting it into a double-hundred. He struck 23 fours and two sixes during his 195 off 353 balls. Von Berg pitched in with a half-century to help Titans to a 102-run first-innings lead after Dolphins, who had opted to bat, squandered a solid platform to be dismissed for 301 in the last over of the first day.

The top three - Divan van Wyk, Senuran Muthusamy, Vaughn van Jaarsveld - all hit fifties, but 171 for 1, Dolphins crashed to 301 all out.

In Dolphins' second innings, it was the top order that collapsed. Davids accounted for the top three and when von Berg had Khaya Zondo lbw for a duck, Dolphins were 21 for 4 in 10.2 overs.

Sibonelo Makhanya and Daryn Smit led the salvage job with a 94-run stand, but von Berg wrapped up the tail to finish with a match haul of six wickets. Dolphins were bowled out for 192 in 61.3 overs, setting Titans a target of 91.

Von Berg then held his nerve with the bat - staying unbeaten on 1 along with Dala - to tip a thriller Titans' way. Dolphins managed only 6.02 points and slipped from second to fourth.