In spite of a spirited bowling performance, the Dolphins fell to a nail-biting one-wicket defeat to the Titans in their CSA One-Day Cup opener at Kingsmead Stadium on Sunday.
After deciding to bat first, the opening partnership from Sarel Erwee and Grant Roelofsen was patient as they put together 42 for the first wicket before Roelofsen was bowled by Aya Gqamane for 18.
Keegan Petersen was then caught down the legside for a duck and the Dolphins were 48/2 in the 13th over.
Erwee was joined by fellow Pietermaritzburg batter Dave Miller and the pair proceeded to put together 36 runs before Erwee became Tabraiz Shamsi’s wicket, LBW for 38.
Gameplan Media reported Kerwin Mungroo gave the Dolphins the perfect start to their defence when he clean-bowled Gihahn Cloete in the first over for a duck. They had their second wicket when Dean Elgar edged a Prenelan Subrayen delivery to slip while the third came soon after when Keshav Maharaj got his first, bowling Theunis de Bruyn.
The Titans were 34/3 at that stage, but Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen resurrected their innings and others boosted it. Sibz Makhanya played a captain’s innings as his 49 not out helped them over the line.
Also on Sunday, Western Province beat the Lions by one wicket in Johannesburg, the Rocks beat the Knights by four wickets on DLS method in Paarl, but the Warriors versus NW was abandoned.
Meanwhile, the Tuskers of Pietermaritzburg won their opening Division Two match in the competition on Friday, beating Limpopo Impalas by five wickets at Polokwane Cricket Club.
The hosts scored 238/5 in their 50 overs and the Tuskers responded by totalling 242/5 in 43 overs, with Luke Schlemmer scoring 67 and Michael Erlank 75 not out.