Markram century leads Multiply Titans to MODC Title win over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins
A sublime century by Aiden Markram helped the Multiply Titans underline their status as the country’s top white-ball franchise after they surged to the Momentum One-Day Cup title with a 135-run victory over the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the final at Centurion on Sunday.
The Standard Bank Proteas batsman plundered eight sixes and five fours in a quality innings of 127 from 88 balls as the hosts amassed a record score of 356 for five – the highest total batting first in any day game at SuperSport Park.
The luckless visitors, who were bidding to defend a title they jointly held with the Warriors from last season, could only manage 221 in reply after Dale Steyn bagged three for 36, handing the home side their fourth 50-over crown in six seasons.
For the Dolphins, it was another disappointing end to a final as they were left still searching for an elusive first outright one-day title in the franchise era.
This time their Achilles’ heel was Markram. The 24-year-old recorded his seventh List A ton and his fourth sumptuous performance in five innings after recording blistering scores of 169, 139 and 85 in three of his other outings in the competition.
Before he arrived to bat, however, the batsmen that preceded him did an excellent job in giving the Titans a flying start after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
Theunis de Bruyn’s half-century – he scored 72 off 87 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) – put them on the front foot early. With initial support from Tony de Zorzi (19) and Jonathan Vandiar (30), Mark Boucher’s side cruised to 107 for one by the 22nd over.
After the top three fell, it was the Markram and Dean Elgar (58 off 42 balls, 4 fours, 2 sixes) show as the pair pummelled 142 in just under 15 overs of a strong fourth-wicket stand.
Then came the sting at the death as Markram and Farhaan Behardien (35 not out off 19 balls) added 56 in no time to set a mammoth 357.
The Dolphins suffered an early setback when Vaughn van Jaarsveld (5) was dismissed by Steyn in the third over. Senuran Muthusamy (7) and Sarel Erwee (41) and Khaya Zondo (1) were then taken out by the combination of the veteran fast bowler and Tabraiz Shamsi (2/59), leaving the KwaZulu-Natal side in a fix at 74 for four.
Then came a stand that threatened a twist as Dane Vilas (59 off 56 balls, 5 fours) and Andile Phehlukwayo (43 off 42 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) got some momentum going during a partnership of 92.
Their dismissals effectively ended hope for the Dolphins as the home bowlers ran through the tail, bowling out the away side in 39.4 overs.
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today congratulated the Multiply Titans on becoming the Momentum One-Day Cup (MODC) champions for the 2018/19 franchise season.
“Congratulations to all the Titans players and support staff who have contributed to this success,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “There is no doubt that these two teams deserved to contest the Final after having topped the log at the end of league play as well.
“All the franchises are to be congratulated on the intense level of competition that we witnessed throughout the campaign with all six franchises having a chance of reaching the knock-out phase going into the last round of league play.
“This follows the success achieved in the Domestic Four-Day Series which went almost down to the final possible ball of the last round of matches before the bizhub Highveld Lions edged out the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for the title.
“Our franchise cricket is clearly in a very healthy stage and fulfilling our dual objectives, one of which is to produce competitive and entertaining cricket of a standard that compares favourably with other domestic competitions around the world.
“The other is naturally to be an important part of the talent development pipeline that produces quality players who are ready to step up to playing for our flagship team, the Standard Bank Proteas.
“It has been highly impressive to see the way players who have made their debut in One-Day International cricket this past year have stepped up to the highest level. These include the likes of Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Junior Dala and Anrich Nortje who are all contenders for our squad for the ICC Men’s World Cup later this year.
“I would like to thank Momentum who have been generous and committed sponsors of our cricket from grassroots right up to the international level for a considerable period of time,” concluded Mr. Moroe.
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