Centurion clash ends in a thriller draw

SA Domestic

The Dolphins completed a thrilling 4-Day Franchise Series draw with the Titans at SuperSport Park, finishing just two wickets shy of victory as time ran out at the end of four gripping days of cricket.

Left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj led from the front, taking four wickets for 71 runs as the home side set about hunting down a victory target of 277 second innings runs to win the clash.

The final day’s play see-sawed until Maharaj and Robbie Frylinck regularly took wickets that saw the Titans run chase falter.

With just ten overs remaining in the match, the Titans were 219/7, looking for 58 runs in a thrilling race against time.

When the stumps were finally drawn Shaun von Berg and Junior Dala had clawed the home side to 244/8, including an unusual five runs awarded to the Titans after a ball struck a helmet behind the Dolphins wicket keeper.

With the Dolphins pressing for the last two wickets to secure the victory, the Titans tail-enders held out to force the draw and a share of the spoils.

Earlier, after resuming their second innings at 294/7, the Dolphins tail added a further 21 runs before the final wicket fell, setting the hosts a target of 277 for victory.

Calvin Savage’s 68 off 88 deliveries was the pick of the Durbanite’s second innings, the all-rounder contributing solidly with the bat after having taken four wickets for 61 runs in the Titans’ first innings.

In reply the home side looked to be wresting control of this see-saw encounter back, scoring feely at 124/2 when Keshav Maharaj removed Andrea Agathangelou for a half century, ending an 82 run stand for the second wicket.

By tea the home side was at 180/5, looking for 97 runs for victory with the experienced duo of Chris Morris and Henry Davids well set.