MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29: Warm up balls are seen during day four of the Fourth Ashes Test Match between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Johannesburg – Cape Cobras off-spinner Dane Piedt picked up five wickets, including a hat-trick, as his side beat the Dolphins by 168 runs in their domestic four-day cricket match at Boland Park in Paarl on Sunday.

The Dolphins were chasing 253 on the final day to win a thrilling match which saw batting collapses after big partnerships.

However, a wonderful spell of lively swing bowling by Travis Muller had them deep in trouble from the outset. Muller swung the ball late and both ways to take five for 21 in nine overs, reducing the Dolphins to 60 for seven.

Piedt then wrapped up the tail, finishing the match with a hat-trick and superb figures of five for 16 in 4.4 overs.

Keshav Maharaj was bowled through the gate by a big-turning off-break for eight. Mthokozisi Shezi and Craig Alexander then both picked out fielders with aggressive strokes.

The Cobras are now back on top of the Series log, nearly 14

points ahead of the second-placed Highveld Lions.

They began the day in disappointing fashion as they were bowled out for 280 in their second innings, having lost their last nine wickets for 87 runs.

Fast bowler Kyle Abbott was once again the destroyer, taking seven for 65 to give him 12 for 125 in the match.

The national selectors will have to consider Abbott for the Newlands Test between South Africa and Australia in the probable absence of Wayne Parnell.

Justin Ontong's gritty knock of 150 was largely responsible for the Cobras' first innings of 304 and their bowlers showed similar determination in fighting back to bowl the Dolphins out for 332

when they had been 304 for four.

Andrew Puttick (123) and Stiaan van Zyl (99) then combined for a second-wicket stand of 187 for the Cobras and, despite the Abbott-induced collapse, the lead of 252 was way too much for the Dolphins.

Openers Divan van Wyk (18) and Imraan Khan (21), and captain Morne van Wyk (19 not out) were the only batsmen to reach double figures for the Dolphins as Muller and Piedt formed a formidable duo for the Cobras. – Sapa