Kyle Abbott grabbed a five-wicket bag as the Dolphins took less than an hour to record an innings victory over the Titans on day four of their Sunfoil Series match in Durban. Abbott picked up the remaining three wickets to finish with figures of 5/49 in the second innings as The Unlimited Titans were bowled out for 246 to lose by an innings and 54 runs. The fast bowler’s 8/94 in the match confirmed that he remains in excellent form should he be required for South Africa in the third Test against the West Indies at Newlands on Friday.
The Titans were 175/7 overnight, and elected to go down fighting with David Wiese and Marchant De Lange swinging from the hip. Wiese scored 27 runs from 29 balls at the start of the day before Abbott had him caught at short leg for 32, and the fast bowler was rewarded for his perseverance as he soldiered on for a seven-over spell and grabbed the wickets of Junior Dala and Rowan Richards. De Lange was left stranded on 33 from 37 balls as he maintained his aggressive approach.
The Dolphins picked up 19.68 points from the match to lodge themselves firmly in mid-table after their first two games, while the Titans earned 4.16, which helped them leap-frog the bizhub Highveld Lions at the top of the table – although they have played a game more.