Morne Van Wyk’s century trumped the two hundreds scored by the Titans as the Dolphins triumphed in a high-scoring start to the Momentum One-Day Cup on Friday. With Theunis De Bruyn hitting an eye-catching hundred on List A debut and Farhaan Behardien backing that up with a ton of his own, only a rain shower during the dinner break seemed likely to deny the Titans the points at SuperSport Park.
Their total of 340 for six looked to be unassailable, and appeared no less imposing when the rain delay reduced the length of the Sunfoil Dolphins’ chase and left them needing 301 from 42 overs. Yet Van Wyk struck an unbeaten 121 from 112 balls, showing all of his experience to see the visitors to victory with five wickets and five deliveries to spare. It earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.
His partnership with Vaughan Van Jaarsveld proved crucial, as the pair added 109 for the third wicket to set up a Twenty20-style chase – they needed 169 from their last 20 overs with eight wickets in hand. That proved gettable despite Van Jaarsveld’s dismissal for 62, as Van Wyk received enough support from Khaya Zondo (32 from 18 deliveries) to get the Dolphins over the line. It left The Unlimited Titans shell-shocked, after they had seen their 22-year-old prodigy, De Bruyn, score a free-wheeling 108 from 90 deliveries, in which he scored easily both during and after the first power play.
Although Robbie Frylinck struck twice to remove Dean Elgar and De Bruyn in two overs – after the pair had put on 106 together – the Titans managed to rebuild with Behardien playing a canny knock. Despite taking his time to get in as he scored at less than a run a ball over his first 25 deliveries, Behardien made it count by finishing on 105 not out from just 67 deliveries. Thirty-two of those runs came in the last two overs alone as he hit Kyle Abbott for three sixes in an over.
It was the sort of assault that usually wins the match, but on this occasion it was not to be.