Sunfoil Series 2014-15 December 30, 2014

Abbott, McLaren give Dolphins innings win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kyle Abbott took eight wickets to bowl Dolphins to an innings win over Titans in Durban. Titans managed 208 and 246 following on in reply to Dolphins' 508 for 8 declared. Farhaan Behardien resisted with 96 in the first innings and Theunis de Bruyn made 77 in the second. Those were the only half-centuries for Titans.

Dolphins had four in their only innings from Imraan Khan, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, David Miller and Morne van Wyk. All four were gone, however, before Dolphins reached 350. Ryan McLaren then shut Titans out with an unbeaten 126 off 185 deliveries. He put on 101 for the seventh wicket with Andile Phehlukwayo and an unbeaten 72 for the ninth with Abbott. Titans also conceded a half-century of extras (51).

McLaren also provided the breakthrough in the first innings with the wicket of de Bruyn after Titans began with an opening stand of 48. Abbott and Craig Alexander took three wickets each after that. Abbott added five more in the second innings as only Roelof van der Merwe went past 40 in the middle order. Titans lasted 144.4 overs in the match compared to Dolphins' single innings of 135 overs.

There were four centuries and three fifties in the high-scoring draw between Knights and Cape Cobras in Paarl. Knights piled on 570 for 5 declared before Cobras replied with 514. Reeza Hendricks (157), Pite van Biljon (175) and Obus Pienaar (136 not out) were the three centurions for Knights. Hendricks and and van Biljon put on 123 for the fourth wicket before the latter and Pienaar constructed a 240-run partnership.

Cobras had an opening stand of 112 between Richard Levi (81) and Andrew Puttick before they slipped to 188 for 4 against Corne Dry. Yaseen Vallie (117) first stabilized the innings with his captain Justin Ontong and then put on 108 with Dane Vilas (64). Vallie and Vilas departed in the space of 21 runs but Justin Kemp weighed in with 73, and Rory Kleinveldt and Dane Piedt supported him as the innings stretched till the 176th over. Werner Coetsee took four wickets for Knights while Dry picked up three.

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