CSA 4-Day Domestic Series Round Up: Day 4 Results and News
Round Up from day four of the CSA 4-Day Domestic Series, with match reports and latest news.
Muthusamy spins Dolphins to memorable win over Cape Cobras
Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy took seven second innings wickets as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins pulled off a memorable 137 run 4-Day Domestic Series win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Oudtshoorn on Thursday.
Dolphins 1st Inn 174 all out (A Phehlukwayo 61, S Muthusamy 37; G Linde 6-51)
Cobras 1st Inn 255 all out (S Muthusamy 3-92 P Subrayen 3-29 K Mungroo 3-17; S Khomari 68)
Dolphins 2nd Inn 304/3 dec (G Roelofsen 142, M Ackerman 69; G Linde 5-87)
Cobras 2nd Inn 86 all out (S Muthusamy 7-36 P Subrayen 2-34)
Result - Dolphins won by 137 runs
After some substantial rain late on Wednesday and a wet outfield for much of the day on Thursday, the Dolphins added 24 runs for the loss of two wickets as they pursued as many runs as possible to give them enough time to bowl the Cobras out.
Grant Roelofsen was dismissed for 142 while Prenelan Subrayen added eleven and the Dolphins set the hosts a tantalising 224 to win the game.
The Dolphins managed to control the whole of the fourth innings as they picked up wickets regularly with the Cobras sending in their bigger hitters early to try and push for a result.
Muthusamy accounted for the top four in the Cobras innings, with Janneman Malan top scoring with 39.
It became a game of survival for the Cobras, however the Dolphins bowlers did not let up and eventually Muthusamy claimed the wickets of Lizaad Williams and Dane Paterson to bowl them out for 86.
Having been disappointed with their efforts with the bat in the first innings, captain Marques Ackerman couldn't fault the side in the following three innings.
"It was a great win for us today," a relieved Ackerman said. "It has been a tough campaign for us so far but hopefully this result will be the turn around that we need going into the rest of the second half of the season.
"I always felt that it was just a matter of time before it all fell into place and despite our first innings it came together brilliantly starting with Grant's (Roelofsen) hundred."
The Dolphins needed to bowl well in the second innings because it was a sporting declaration from the captain, however Muthusamy showed why he made his Proteas debut recently.
"Senuran's seven wickets were incredible and I am just really happy with the way the boys fought in that second innings to bowl them out for 86.
"We are really stoked and are looking forward to building on this going forward," Ackerman added.
The Dolphins return home to face the table-topping Imperial Lions at the Pietermaritzburg Oval next week.
Thomson century earns Titans honourable draw
A 12th career century by Grant Thomson underpinned a stellar victory effort by the Momentum Multiply Titans on the final day of their 4-Day Domestic Series encounter against the Warriors that ended in a draw at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.
The home captain struck an unbeaten 103 (153 balls, 9 fours, five sixes) as his team finished with 249 for four, chasing 322.
Heinrich Klaasen (66 off 159 balls, 9 fours) supported him well as the pair added 199 unbroken runs for the fifth wicket after coming together with their side in trouble earlier on.
The Warriors had declared on their overnight 310 for seven earlier, leaving the Titans around 70 overs to get the runs.
But they fell into early trouble when Kelly Smuts' (2/20) double left them on 50 for four.
That forced an initial rethink by skipper Thomson and Klaasen, before they later attacked. But they were never going to get there following the poor start and had to settle for a draw.
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