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February 16, 2014
Cobras go back on top
Dolphins 426 (Van Wyk 127, Imraan 74, Miller 71) beat Warriors 173 (Jacobs 51, Dupavillion 5-43, Maharaj 4-38) and 208 (Jacobs 64*, Maharaj 5-61) by an innings and 45 runs
Nine wickets in the match from left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took Dolphins to second place in the Sunfoil Series after an innings win against Warriors in Durban. Dolphins were helped by a hundred from the in-form Divan van Wyk, who scored 127 to set-up Dolphins first-innings score of 426.
Warriors could not capitalise on their decision of batting first, losing their top order for 35 runs, all three wickets taken by fast bowler Daryn Dupavillon. Ashwell Prince scored 34 and Davy Jacobs resisted with 51 at No. 7 before Maharaj ran through the lower order with figures of 4 for 38, and Dupavillon's five-for eventually wrapped up Warriors for 173.
Dolphins openers Van Wyk and Imraan Khan put on a strong stand of 131 with Imraan contributing 74. By the time Van Wyk fell for 127, Dolphins had approached 300 and fifties from David Miller and Morne van Wyk meant Dolphins took a massive lead of 253 with their score of 426.
Warriors could not offer much resistance in the second innings either as Maharaj dismissed the openers for low scores and Kyle Abbott and Dupavillon took care of the middle order to reduce them to 74 for 5. Jacobs fought back again, with an unbeaten 64, but he ran out of partners as Maharaj registered his sixth five-for in first-class matches and Warriors fell short of their deficit by 45 runs, having scored 208.
19-year-old Dupavillon was named Man of the Match for his match figures of 7 for 64 on his debut for Dolphins.
Titans 301 (De Villiers 57, Friend 5-76) and 156 or 3 (De Villiers 52*) beat Knights 290 (Second 69, Rossouw 52, Wiese 5-44) and 166 (Hendricks 45, Von Berg 7-66) by seven wickets
Ten wickets from legspinner Shaun von Berg and two fifties from Cornelius de Villiers helped Titans earn their first win of the tournament, when they beat Knights by seven wickets in Kimberley, moving ahead of Warriors who are at the bottom of the table. Titans' chase of 156 on the last day was accomplished with a 36 from opener Heino Kuhn and an unbeaten 52 from AB de Villiers, which took them home.
Knights were given a strong start, after they chose to bat, with four of their top five making substantial scores. Rilee Rossouw scored 52, Rudi Second added 69 and Obus Pienaar chipped in with 48 as they were 202 for 3 at one point. But David Wiese and von Berg dismissed the last six wickets for 63, curbing the Knights score to 290. Wiese finished with 5 for 44 while von Berg took three.
Titans edged ahead with a slender lead of 11 runs even though they were in trouble early on. Quinton Friend dismissed four of the top five batsmen to leave Titans reeling at 83 for 5. But the lower order and the tail countered, with the main contributions from Nos. 10 and 11 - de Villiers scored 57 and Vincent Moore was unbeaten on 48, which stretched their score to 301.
Von Berg then rattled Knights by taking the first three wickets, and then four more later on as he barely let any partnership flourish after the opening stand of 69. Knights were 143 for 5 and lost the last five wickets for 23 runs as von Berg took a career-best 7 for 66, dismissing Knights for 166.
Set a target of 156, Kuhn gave a stable start and de Villiers followed it with a fifty to complete the win in the company of Farhaan Behardien.
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